T-Bones sweep the Railroaders, win eighth straight game

by Alex Dean

The Kansas City T-Bones (47-37) continued their winning ways late in the game against the Cleburne Railroaders (47-35) with a walk-off win in the bottom of the ninth on Wednesday. It capped a sweep of Cleburne and an eight-game winning streak.

Carlos Diaz (1-1) was credited with the win, working a scoreless top of the ninth for KC. Cleburne reliever Tyler Wilson (3-2) picked up the loss.

Neither team scored in the first three innings. However, in the top of the fourth, Zach Nehrir gave the Railroaders the first run of the game on a sacrifice fly to center field off KC starter Dylan Baker, bringing home Chase Simpson. They got another in the sixth on a sacrifice fly to center field, this time John Nester drove in Simpson.

The T-Bones finally broke through in the bottom of the sixth on a first-pitch, leadoff home run to left by Shawn O’Malley off Cleburne’s starter Michael Gunn.

O’Malley hit another home run in the next inning, this time from the left side of the plate, driving in Tyler Marincov and Ramsey Romano off Cleburne’s Greyfer Eregua and giving the T-Bones a 4-2 lead.

Robert Calvano took over for Baker, who went seven innings of two-run baseball and who gave up the lead with a two-run home run to John Nester.

The score remained tied until the bottom of the ninth when Chris Colabello stepped up with the bases loaded against Wilson and sent one up the middle, bringing home Dylan Tice as the winning run.

Shawn O’Malley collected his third and fourth home runs of the season, finishing the night 3-4 with four RBI and two runs scored.

The T-Bones will look to continue their winning streak in a weekend series in Texas against the AirHogs. KC will play a doubleheader to start the series, with the first pitch at 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug.16. The game will be on the T-Bones Broadcast Network http://mixlr.com/t-bones-baseball/.

Tickets to all T-Bones home games are on sale online or by calling 913-328-5618 or by visiting the Saint Luke’s Box Office between the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Group ticket sales are also on sale.

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