T-Bones sweep Salina with 3-2 win

In the sweep of Salina on Sunday, the T-Bones grounds crew got some assistance from team mascot Sizzle. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Story and photos copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel

The Kansas City T-Bones survived shaky starting pitching with a solid bullpen and just enough power to walk away with a 3 – 2 win over the Salina Stockade on Sunday. The victory gave the T-Bones a sweep of the weekend series against the Stockade.

Right fielder Chantz Mack provided all the power the home team needed with a three-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Second baseman Marcus Lemon started the fourth with a fly ball that appeared to be lost in the sun by the Salina outfield. Lemon wound up at second base on the play. The first baseman followed with a walk that set the table for Mack’s long shot to right field.

T-Bones starting pitcher Darin Gorski wobbled in the first two innings, loading the bases in both innings, but giving up only one run. Luis Paula replaced Gorski to start the third inning and pitched two scoreless, low-drama innings to right the ship. Three more relievers followed, allowing only a single run over the remaining five innings to close out the game.

The T-Bones play Monday at 7:05 p.m. against the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks, and the T-Bones have a “kids eat free” special for the game. The homestand continues through next Sunday, June 25.

Second baseman Marcus Lemon fielded a ground ball in the first inning. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Right fielder Chantz Mack made a play against the outfield wall. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Reliever Luis Paula held the Stockade scoreless in the third and fourth innings. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Marcus Lemon pulled up on second base just ahead of the tag in the fourth inning. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Chantz Mack watched as his fourth inning home run sailed over the right field wall. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Designated hitter Chase McDonald was ejected in the fourth inning for arguing a called third strike. Manager Joe Calfapietra came out to discuss the situation with the home plate umpire. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Reliever Myles Smith fielded a bunt and threw to first to get the out. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Kids ran the bases after the game. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

One young runner got some fatherly advice on finding third base. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

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