While pigs fly in Texas, T-Bones fall in final game of series

The Kansas City T-Bones (30-17) faced off against the Texas AirHogs (12-34) Saturday night, already winning three out of the four games to secure the series.

Coming on the heels of their 30th game win and trying to make it their 31st, the T-Bones fell one run short 6-5 to Texas, ending their four-game winning streak.

The AirHogs were the first to strike in the bottom of the third inning. A double by Dillon Thomas, hit off T-Bones’ starting right-handed pitcher Lucas Irvine (6-3), scored Stewart Ijames, making the score 1-0. Back-to-back putouts closed out the inning for the AirHogs.

The T-Bones heated up soon after. In the top of the fourth, Taylor Featherston hit a ball into a deep back corner for a triple. Keith Curcio then hit a single to score Featherston. Curcio stole second and then was brought home by a single by Adrian Nieto, making the score 2-1.

Kansas City added to their lead in the fifth with Zach Walters’ single RBI to score Mason Davis, who had advanced to third on a passed ball.

The AirHogs, however, were far from out of the fight. Late in the sixth, the AirHogs rallied with a double RBI from Luan Chenchen to tie the game. Ijames was back in action this time, smashing a ball out of the park that landed in the right field swimming pool to drive in three, bringing the score to 6-3.

The T-Bones’ Mason Davis used his speed to get the team moving again. After hitting a single, stealing second, and advancing on Nick Torres’ single, he scored on a passed ball. A single RBI by Curcio scored Torres to cut the lead to one. The T-Bones went scoreless for the remainder of the game, falling 6-5.

T-Bones’ pitcher Irvine (4-1) gave up five runs to Texas with relief coming from Jackson Lowery and Pasquale Mazzoccoli. Irvine is credited with the loss.

AirHogs’ starting right-handed pitcher Miguel Rosario (1-6) was replaced by Lu Yusong (2-0) in the fifth. Yusong only gave up two hits and is credited with the win.

The T-Bones are enjoying a rest day Sunday but will be back in action Monday, July 9. They travel to take on Lincoln Saltdogs (26-21) at 6:45 p.m. at Haymarket Park.

Individual tickets, season, group, mini-plans and nightly party suites are on sale and can be purchased by visiting the box office at T-Bones Stadium or 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.

The T-Bones’ games are airing on the T-Bones Broadcast Network, http://mixlr.com/t-bones-baseball/.

– Story from T-Bones

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