Zach Walters stayed hot, carrying the Kansas City T-Bones to their third straight win, taking out the Winnipeg Goldeyes Wednesday night, 6-3, at Shaw Park in Winnipeg.
Behind a solid outing by starting pitcher Lucas Irvine (3-0), Walters powered the T-Bones offense, going 2-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored, including a key home run to lead Kansas City to the club’s first ever sweep of the Goldeyes at home. It was also only the second time that Kansas City has swept Winnipeg.
In the top of the second, Zach Walters continued his impressive month of June by hitting a hard-hit single to left field.
Dexter Kjerstad followed with a single of his own, advancing Walters to third. Tucker Pennell put Kansas City on the board with an RBI 5-3 put out that scored Walters. The T-Bones offense looked aggressive in the second inning, taking an early 1-0 lead in Winnipeg.
Reggie Abercrombie erased the T-Bones early lead, leading off the bottom of the second with a solo homerun to tie the game.
An impressive offense display in the third gave the T-Bones a commanding three-run lead. Keith Curcio lead of the inning with single to right field. Nick Torres advanced Curcio to third, hitting a crucial two-out single and putting Walters at the plate. Walters took charge, hitting a three-run homerun, putting the T-Bones up 4-1.
The Goldeyes rallied in the sixth inning, cutting the Kansas City lead to one. Dave Sappelt hit an RBI double, scoring Matt McCann from second and Tucker Nathans from first, cutting the lead to 4-3. Lucas Irvine worked out of tough jam with the tying run at third and one out to keep the T-Bones in front.
Kansas City quickly responded with two RBI doubles in the seventh from Dylan Tice and Nick Torres to put Kansas City on top 6-3, ending Winnipeg’s late rally.
Shutout seventh, eighth and ninth innings by relievers Hunter Adkins, Francisco Gracesqui and Carlos Diaz secured the victory for Kansas City. Diaz picks up his team-leading third save of the season for Kansas City, pitching a scoreless ninth inning.
Irvine was the winning pitcher, throwing sixth innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits. Kevin McGovern (2-3) was the losing pitcher for Winnipeg, allowing eight hits, six earned runs in five innings pitched.
The T-Bones improve to (18-13), quietly fighting their way back into in the South Division title run and a season-high five games above .500. The Goldeyes lost their third straight game to Kansas City, falling to (16-15) on the season.
Kansas City will enjoy an off-day Thursday and then head home to open a three-game series with the Cleburne Railroaders and the first of a six-game homestand at T-Bones Stadium Friday night at 7:05 p.m.
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