Kuzdale, T-Bones’ offense get series victory

Robby Kuzdale saw a nearly two-week hitting streak end Saturday night.

He might’ve started a new one Sunday afternoon in a 9-2 win over the Lincoln Saltdogs at Haymarket Park in Lincoln, Neb.

Kuzdale, who went hitless in four at-bats Saturday, which ended his 13-game hitting streak, had a 3-for-4 game, including a home run, Sunday as the T-Bones won the series against the Saltdogs.

Kansas City jumped ahead early against Lincoln starter Kevin McGovern (2-1).

The first swing of the game gave the T-Bones a 1-0 lead as T.J. Mittelstaedt launched his 11th home run of the season into the right-field bullpen.

Four batters later, Bryan Sabatella squeezed a base hit under the glove of Lincoln second baseman Luis Nunez, allowing Matt Padgett to score from second and giving the T-Bones an early 2-0 lead.

Lincoln would tie the game against T-Bones starting pitcher Andy Noga with a two-run homer from Brian Joynt in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Jared Messer (2-2) relieved Noga with one out in the fifth and picked up the win after pitching two-thirds of an inning.

Kansas City took the lead for good in the top of the sixth on an RBI double by Danny Richar and an RBI single by Nick Schwaner.

The T-Bones broke the game open in the ninth inning as they sent 10 batters to the plate and came away with five runs against Jhonny Montoya, including Kuzdale’s homer.

The T-Bones (33-35) will have Monday and Tuesday off for the American Association All-Star Game, before beginning a four-game series at Gary SouthShore on Wednesday night.

Box score: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=178049
– Story from T-Bones

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