T-Bones’ offense explodes for 12 runs in division playoff game win

Sioux City, Iowa – The T-Bones exploded Wednesday night to score 12 runs, winning 12-8 in the opening game of the best-of-five series for the South Division Champion of the American Association.

The T-Bones rode a seven-run third inning and a 16-hit attack to their win in the opening game Wednesday night at Lewis and Clark Park in Sioux City.

Pitchers Dylan Baker of the T-Bones and Carlos Sierra of Sioux City on last Friday engaged in a pitcher’s duel with only one run scored, but Wednesday night was different.

Baker got out of a jam with the bases loaded in the bottom of the first, but Sioux City came back to score in the second.

Sebastian Zawada hit an RBI double to give Sioux City their only lead., but that lead was short lived.

Facing Carlos Sierra (0-1), the T-Bones put up one of their best innings of the season in the top of the third.

Ramsey Romano singled, followed by Austin Biggar, who worked a four-pitch walk. The Explorers were looking for a bunt from Dylan Tice, who instead hit the first pitch he saw down the right field line, missing a home run by a couple of feet. That tied the game at one.

Danny Mars gave KC the lead with a sacrifice fly to left, then Stewart Ijames drove in the third run of the inning with an RBI single to center. Daniel Nava singled to put runners at first and second. A wild pitch from Sierra moved the runners up a base.

Casey Gillaspie then hit a double off the right field wall, just missing a home run as well by mere feet, to make it 5-1 in favor of the T-Bones.

Sierra was able to get the second out, but the third was a little harder.

Omar Carrizales launched a two-run home run to right to make it 7-1 and close out the eight-hit inning. Sierra would not return after three innings, surrendering seven earned runs. The right- hander had allowed just three earned runs combined against Kansas City this season in his previous three starts, totaling 17.2 innings.

Baker executed a shut-down third inning against Sioux City, but the X’s got right back into the game in the bottom of the fourth. Back-to-back RBI singles from Nate Samson and Jeremy Hazelbaker, brought home three runs to make it 7-4 KC. Then in the fifth Zawada hit a two-run home run to left to bring Sioux City to within one run at 7-6.

The T-Bones grabbed three more in the top of the sixth. Mars and Ijames reached on a single and a double off Joe Riley, setting the table for Nava. The veteran drove in the T-Bones’ eighth run with an RBI single and Christian Correa followed two batters later with an infield RBI single to score Ijames. An error by Jose Sermo on the throw to first allowed Nava to race home, making it 10-6 with KC on top.

Sioux City took advantage of two back-to-back errors by Ramsey Romano at shortstop scoring two unearned runs off Hunter Smith, who came in for the T-Bones in the fifth for Baker.

Hazelbaker hit a long single off the wall in right to score two runs to make it 10-8 and once again close the gap to a two-run KC lead. Neither club could break through in the later innings. Left-hander Henry Owens worked out of a jam with runners at second and third in the eighth to keep the T-Bones on top by two.

In the top of the ninth Ijames drove in two more runs to make it 12-8 Kansas City off reliever Sam Held. Carlos Diaz worked a scoreless ninth to close the game on the mound for the T-Bones.

Game two will be in Sioux City at 7:12 p.m. Thursday Sept. 5 in Sioux City at 7:12 p.m.

Following an off-day for travel the series will resume in Kansas City this weekend. Game three is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at JustBats Field at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas.

Games four and five, if necessary, are set for 5:05 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, and 7:05 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, at T-Bones Stadium.

The games will be broadcast on the T-Bones Broadcast Network, http://mixlr.com/t-bones-baseball/.

Tickets to all T-Bones home playoff games are $8 and are on sale online or by calling 913-328-5618 or by visiting the Saint Luke’s Box Office between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Group ticket sales are also on sale.

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T-Bones drop last regular home game, but will go to playoffs Wednesday

The T-Bones dropped their last regular game at T-Bones Stadium on Monday afternoon, but will go to the playoffs starting Sept. 4 in Sioux CIty. The Sioux City Explorers won, 9-5, securing a spot in the playoffs. The T-Bones clinched their division title on Sunday. Omar Carrizales and Austin Biggar hit home runs for the T-Bones in Monday’s game. Playoff games will be in Kansas City, Kansas, on Sept. 7, 8 and if needed, Sept. 9. The T-Bones are facing an eviction notice from the Unified Government, to take place in mid-September. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More scenes from the Monday, Sept. 2, T-Bones game vs. Sioux City at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More scenes from the Monday, Sept. 2, T-Bones game vs. Sioux City at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More scenes from the Monday, Sept. 2, T-Bones game vs. Sioux City at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More scenes from the Monday, Sept. 2, T-Bones game vs. Sioux City at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More scenes from the Monday, Sept. 2, T-Bones game vs. Sioux City at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More scenes from the Monday, Sept. 2, T-Bones game vs. Sioux City at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More scenes from the Monday, Sept. 2, T-Bones game vs. Sioux City at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More scenes from the Monday, Sept. 2, T-Bones game vs. Sioux City at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More scenes from the Monday, Sept. 2, T-Bones game vs. Sioux City at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More scenes from the Monday, Sept. 2, T-Bones game vs. Sioux City at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More scenes from the Monday, Sept. 2, T-Bones game vs. Sioux City at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More scenes from the Monday, Sept. 2, T-Bones game vs. Sioux City at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More scenes from the Monday, Sept. 2, T-Bones game vs. Sioux City at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More scenes from the Monday, Sept. 2, T-Bones game vs. Sioux City at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More scenes from the Monday, Sept. 2, T-Bones game vs. Sioux City at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More scenes from the Monday, Sept. 2, T-Bones game vs. Sioux City at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More scenes from the Monday, Sept. 2, T-Bones game vs. Sioux City at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More scenes from the Monday, Sept. 2, T-Bones game vs. Sioux City at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More scenes from the Monday, Sept. 2, T-Bones game vs. Sioux City at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
More scenes from the Monday, Sept. 2, T-Bones game vs. Sioux City at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)

Tickets to the playoffs are $8 each and are available by calling 913-328-5618 or visiting the Saint Luke’s Box Office from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Dramatic game ends in division title for T-Bones

by Gabby Albertson

The Kansas City T-Bones clinched the American Association Southern Division Championship Sunday night in a 13-inning thriller at T-Bones Stadium.

The T-Bones won 6-5 over the Sioux City Explorers after coming back from a 5-0 deficit. Casey Gillaspie was the hero as he hit a game-winning RBI single that scored Stewart Ijames in the 13th.

The T-Bones will play their last regular home game at T-Bones Stadium at 1:05 p.m. Monday. Tickets already are going on sale for post-season games at 7:05 p.m. Sept. 7, 5:05 p.m. Sept. 8 and 7:05 p.m. Sept 9 if necessary at T-Bones Stadium.

In Sunday’s game, the T-Bones attempted to score first as Casey Gillaspie hit a single off of X’s starting pitcher Taylor Jordan. Then, Omar Carrizales hit a single that advanced Gillaspie to third. With one out left to end the inning Ramsey Romano came up to bat, but was unable to score, leaving the inning scoreless.

Sioux City grabbed the lead in the top of the third, leaving the T-Bones in the dust when Justin Felix hit a home run, making the score 1-0.

In the top of the fourth, Sebastian Zawada hit a single for the Explorers that advanced Jeremy Hazelbaker to second and sent Nate Samson home. Then, Dylan Kelly hit a single that advanced Zawada to second and scored Hazelbaker, making the score 3-0.

The Explorers continued to dominate offensively in the fifth, starting with Kyle Wren who hit a single. Then, Drew Stankiewicz hit a double that advanced Wren to second. Shortly after, Samson hit a double that scored both Wren and Stankiewicz, extending the lead for the Explorers, 5-0.

The T-Bones made it on the board in the bottom of the fifth as Stewart Ijames hit a single, and then later Daniel Nava hit a single that advanced Ijames to third. Gillaspie then hit a single that advanced Nava to second and scored Ijames, making it 5-1.

Kansas City brought the game back to life when Ijames hit his first home field home run for the T-Bones in the bottom of the seventh, chipping their way back, 5-2.

Later, the heat got turned up to sizzle for the T-Bones when Christian Correa hit a single and then advanced to second on a fielders choice by Danny Mars. Then, Romano hit a double that scored Correa, making it 5-3 in the bottom of the eighth.

And finally, in dramatic fashion, Casey Gillaspie came to bat with two outs, crushing a two-run home run that scored Ijames and tied the game 5-5 for the T-Bones in the bottom of the ninth.

After three scoreless extra innings, Stewart Ijames advanced to first on an infield single, followed by Nava who advanced on a hit-by-a-pitch. Then again, Casey Gillaspie was the hero as he hit a game-winning RBI single that scored Ijames, and the T-Bones walked it off division champions, 6-5.

The winning pitcher was Evan Korson (3-1) for the Kansas City T-Bones, and the losing pitcher was Ryan Flores (3-3) for the Sioux City Explorers.

Attendance at Sunday’s game was 4,593.

Monday’s game will be carried on the T-Bones Broadcast Network, http://mixlr.com/t-bones-baseball/.

For ticket information, call 913-328-5618 or visit the Saint Luke’s Box Office between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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