It was another extra-inning seesaw battle of leading, trailing and tying Friday evening at T-Bones Stadium.
It all came down to an 11th inning two-run RBI double from Alay Lago that sent the T-Bones walking off the field winners 6-5 over Cleburne.
After being in second place in the American Association for more than 80 consecutive days, the T-Bones (52-31) had a rough month in August.
The team was 7-8 on the month as the Cleburne Railroaders (28-56) steamed into Kansas City for the first in a three-game series Friday.
The Railroaders put their mark on the board first thanks to back-to-back doubles from Patrick Palmeiro and Hunter Clanin in the first inning.
But T-Bones starting pitcher Adam Bleday held them from doing any more damage by striking out two in the top of the second and retiring three straight in the third.
In the bottom of the fourth, the T-Bones tied it up with a center field sacrifice fly by Todd Cunningham that brought home Ryan Brett.
It wouldn’t take long for KC to get the go-ahead run. Next batter up, Colin Walsh drove the ball out of the park and over the right field fence for his sixth home run since joining the T-Bones July 13.
The lead-off batter in the top of the sixth, Todd Sealey, doubled to left field.
With one out in the top of the sixth, Kevin Hill came in for relief of Bleday, who struck out six during his time on the mound. The first batter he faced, Angelo Gumbs, singled to center field to score Sealey and even the score 2-2.
The game stayed tied until the eighth when Cleburne’s Palmeiro smacked a two-run home run ball into the left field bullpen. That gave the Railroaders a 4-2 lead.
But the T-Bones decided to answer quickly in the bottom of the eighth.
Back-to-back walks put T-Bone newcomer Anthony Phillips and Brett on base. Mason Davis then doubled down the left field line into the corner, allowing Phillips to come home and make the score 4-3 Cleburne.
The Railroaders walked Walsh to load the bases for Noah Perio Jr, who hit two home runs for Kansas City Thursday night. With one out, Perio Jr. hit a scorcher to the first baseman, who caught it for out number two and stepped back to the bag for the third out of the inning.
In the bottom of the ninth, Adrian Nieto doubled to the warning track in left field. Lago followed with a left-field single to put runners at the corners.
With one out, Phillips hit a sacrifice fly to center field to bring home Nieto, tie the game 4-4 and take it into extra innings for the third time this week.
It went into the 11th before the next run crossed the plate. And that run was for Cleburne. Michael Gulino hit a ground ball that bounced off the glove of T-Bones shortstop Phillips to land him on first. On the next batter, Gulino advanced on a put-out, then Trevor Sealey singled to center field to bring him home and allow the Railroaders to re-gain the lead 5-4.
The T-Bones, however, had other plans. And they set it up perfectly.
Nieto walked, then Keith Curcio singled to right field to put runners on the corners and a win within sight. Lago came to the plate, and on the second pitch, doubled off the wall in center field to score Nieto and Curcio for an exciting 6-5 walk-off win.
The walk-off is the second consecutive for Kansas City. On Thursday evening, they defeated Fargo-Moorhead 9-8 in extra innings. Perio Jr. hit a walk-off home run, his second of the game.
Friday night, Pasquale Mazzoccoli (3-2), who worked the final three innings, is credited with the win and reliever Roman Gomez (0-7) received the loss for the Railroaders.
The T-Bones take on Cleburne again at 7:05 p.m. Saturday and 1:05 p.m. Sunday at T-Bones Stadium for the second and third games of the series.
The game can be heard on the T-Bones Broadcast Network at http://mixlr.com/t-bones-baseball/.
Season, group tickets, mini-plans and nightly party suites are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting the box office at T-Bones Stadium. Call the box office at 913-328-5618 or purchase and print at www.tbonesbaseball.com. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday – Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
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Rock, Roll and Run to be Aug. 18 at Providence amphitheater
Providence Medical Center and the YMCA of Greater Kansas City will present the third annual Rock, Roll and Run Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Providence Medical Center Amphitheater, 633 N. 130th St., Bonner Springs, Kan. Proceeds benefit the Providence YMCA-Ball Family Center’s Cancer Survivorship program, as well as the YMCA scholarship program. The family-friendly activities begin Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Providence Medical Center Amphitheater with a 5K walk-run though Wyandotte County Park, Bonner Springs, at 8 a.m., followed by a free Kids Run and Health Fair. Runners are encouraged to “dress” like their favorite Rock and Roll stars. Tribute stars such as Elvis 2 and others will be entertaining during the run. Each registered runner will receive free tickets to the Providence Amphitheater, a $120 value. Registration Aug. 13-18 is $25. Race registration is available online at: https://register.enter2run.com/Race/KS/BonnerSprings/RockRollRun5k. Health screenings and information will be available for blood pressure, breast cancer awareness information, body fat,-bmi, health and weight checks, Leg Vein Checks (Peripheral Artery Disease), stress measurement and relaxation information for expecting moms, smoking cessation and healthy nutrition information, hands-only CPR information, Children’s Health information and a special Teddy Bear clinic (children will receive a free stuff animal), and more. Other activities include a free kids run at 9:30 a.m.; inflated obstacle course for the kids, Zumba before the kids run, Mascots (Sizzle and Happy Heart) local fire and police activities, KCKFD Fire Safety House, face painting and other fun activities. Those who do not want to participate in the run-walk may still visit the health fair for free and participate in the kids run for free. For more information about Rock, Roll and Run, including registration, visit https://runsignup.com/rrr5k.
Democrats to meet for breakfast Saturday
Brian McClendon, who is running for secretary of state, and Marci Francisco, running for state treasurer, will be the guest speakers on Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Wyandotte County Third Saturday Democratic Breakfast at Las Islas Marias, 7516 State Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The buffet will be available at 8:15 a.m. with the program starting at 9 a.m. The cost of the breakfast is $10, or $6 for students and those on limited incomes. Reservations should be made to email@example.com by Friday, Aug. 17. While reservations are encouraged, they are not required. It isn’t necessary to purchase a breakfast to listen to the program. The meeting is open to all Democrats. Those who have special needs should include that information in their reservation.
Family story time planned
Family story time is planned from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at the craft room at the Main Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library, 625 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The story time is geared for children ages 2 to 6. To see other library events, visit www.kckpl.org.
American GI Forum to meet
The American GI Forum will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, in Conference Room B, South Branch Library, 3104 Strong Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The grop will discuss historical issues pertaining to the U.S. military, and watches movies with a focus on the Hispanic contribution to the armed services.
Church plans block party tonight
Our Lady and St. Rose Catholic Church, 8th and Quindaro, Kansas City, Kansas, will hold its annual block party from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18.
Croatian Festival planned tonight
The annual Croatian Festival will start at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 708 N. 4th St., Kansas City, Kansas. Authentic Croatian foods including sarma (cabbage rolls), sausage sandwiches, cibanac (beef stew), povitica (nut bread) and apple strudel will be available. Music will be performed by Hrvatski Obicaj, a group dedicated to preserving Croatian music. A free dance will begin at 9 p.m., with music by Kolograd. The event includes cold beer, beverages, hamburgers and hot dogs for sale, and there will be booths and Strawberry Hill T-shirt sales. For more information, visit stjohnthebaptistcatholicchurch.com.
Portland visits Sporting KC tonight
Another pivotal Western Conference clash awaits as second-place Sporting Kansas City (11-6-6, 39 points) returns home to battle the fifth-place Portland Timbers (10-5-7, 37 points) on Saturday night at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. and a limited number of tickets remain available via SeatGeek.com.
T-Bones at home to face Cleburne tonight
The Kansas City T-Bones are at home vs Cleburne at 7:05 p.m. Aug. 18 at T-Bones Stadium, Kansas City, Kansas. For ticket information, visit tbonesbaseball.com.