Sosebee, Hurba boost T-Bones offense in 9-4 victory
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Chad Sosebee drove home the go-ahead run for the second straight night, and Craig Hurba delivered another critical grand slam to help the Kansas City T-Bones (41-45, 19-19) knock off the Schaumburg Flyers (43-42, 12-25), 9-4 Wednesday evening before a crowd of 5,479 spectators at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.
One night after giving Kansas City a 3-2 victory with a 10th inning walk-off home run, Sosebee broke a four-all tie in the bottom of the sixth inning when he hammered a Dave Dobosz offering into the right-center field gap for an RBI-triple.
An inning later, Hurba blasted his second late-inning grand slam in the last three weeks off a Schaumburg reliever to seal a T-Bones' victory. In an 11-9 win over the Flyers on August 6, Hurba hit an eighth-inning grand slam onto the batter's eye in center field for his second homer of that contest.
T-Bones starter Jonathan Krysa (13-3) once again turned in a solid effort, allowing four runs (three earned) while striking out 10 batters over his eight innings to earn his Northern League-best 13th victory. Krysa has now won his last five starts, completing at least eight innings in each of his last four outings.
Kansas City got an early lift from Charles Peterson, who clubbed a three-run homer into the visiting bullpen in left-center field in the bottom of the first inning for a 3-0 T-Bones lead.
Schaumburg responded in the second, taking advantage of Sosebee's fielding error and a pair of walks to trim the T-Bones' advantage to 3-2.
The T-Bones' two-out rally in the bottom of the third netted their fourth run of the contest. Pat Magness coaxed a walk from Dobosz before Hurba and Darryl Lawhorn singled to make it a 4-2 contest. But Nelson Gord came through for Schaumburg in the sixth with a two-out, two-run double off the left-field wall that brought home Justin Hendrickson and Ryan Walker to even the score.
Dobosz (2-5) was tagged with the loss after giving up five runs on nine hits in his 5 1/3 innings.
The T-Bones and Flyers will conclude their three-game set Thursday evening with a 7:05 p.m. contest at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. RHP Larry Robles (3-4, 3.72) will take the mound for Kansas City, while Schaumburg will counter with LHP Rick DeHart (5-4, 5.75).
Game Notes: Charles Peterson's first-inning home run was his first long ball since August 4 vs. Schaumburg...Jonathan Krysa overtook Gary's Jason Shelley for the NL's strikeout lead; he now has 122 K's to Shelley's 119 for the season...The T-Bones established a new single-season attendance record Wednesday; through 43 home dates this year, KC has drawn 249,884 fans, eclipsing the previous franchise mark of 244,414, set in 2005.
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