by Harry Welsh
The Kansas City T-Bones came to Chicago and finished game one with a win, 8-6.
Kansas City started the game with a scoreless first inning; the bats quickly warmed up as Taylor Sparks smoked a home run off starting pitcher Jake Dahlberg in the second.
The Chicago Dogs rallied in the bottom of the second, scoring one off the Kansas City starter Erik Manoah.
Jake Dahlberg continued to pitch against the Bones through the fifth inning, but with little success. Dahlberg gave up runs to Ramsey Romano in the third and additional runs in the fourth to Christopher Colabello, who also sent a ball out of the park in Chicago.
As the T-Bones bats were hot, starting pitcher Erik Manoah dealt one-run second and third innings, managing to give up only four hits. The Kansas City sizzle continued as Robert Calvano entered the game and threw a scoreless sixth. Mark Magliaro gave up two in the bottom of the seventh.
Newcomer Christopher Colabello added another RBI to his stat line in the top of the ninth, and the T-Bones closer, Nick Lee, ended the night on a “hot” note, pitching the final two innings and giving only a single run away.
The winning pitcher was Erik Manoah (2-0), and the losing pitcher was Jake Dahlberg (2-2).
Kansas City will stay in Chicago to play game two of a four-game series against the Dogs before they travel to the SouthShore of Gary, Indiana, for a three-game series.
The T-Bones with the win jumped to third in the South Division and are now a game above .500 at (18-17). The Dogs dropped to (17-16).
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- Story from T-Bones