T-Bones Take Series Opener from Railroaders
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The Kansas City T-Bones rallied back from a 4-0 hole in the first inning, scoring seven unanswered runs to stun Rafael Palmeiro and the Cleburne Railroaders with a final score of 7-4 in Kansas City Friday night at T-Bones Stadium.
After a rough first inning, the T-Bones pitching staff tossed eight scoreless innings to secure the win for Kansas City. In the top of the first, the Railroaders offense was scorching hot, taking an early 4-0 lead. Two back-to-back singles by K.C. Huth and Trevor Sealey put runners at first and second for Cleburne. Rafael Palmeiro walked in his first at bat, loading the bases for Levi Scott. Scott hit the third single of the inning, driving in Huth from second. Cameron Monger hit a double that scored Palmeiro and Scott, putting the Railroaders up 3-0. Michael Pair added another run by hitting a two-out single to right field that scored Monger.
The T-Bones were resilient, scoring four runs of their own in the bottom half of the first. After a quick first out by Dylan Tice, Todd Cunningham and Nick Torres each hit singles to start the Kansas City scoring threat. Dexter Kjerstad sliced a well-hit ball to left field that scored Cunningham from second. Keith Curcio drilled a base-clearing three-run home run to even the score.
After an offensive frenzy in the first, the T-Bones and Railroaders were tied at four heading into the second inning. In the third, the T-Bones tacked on another run, taking their first lead of the game. Curcio walked, then stole second, before scoring on a single to left field by Adrian Nieto putting the T-Bones ahead 5-4. Two insurance runs by Cunningham in the eighth and another dominate bullpen performance by the T-Bones secured a 7-4 win in Kansas City.
Starting pitching was an issue for both teams tonight. Barrett Astin pitched six innings, giving up eight hits and four earned runs. After a shaky first inning, Astin (4-1) settled down throwing five scoreless innings, and he was credited as the winning pitcher. After being given a four-run cushion in the first inning, Patrick Mincey allowed ten hits and five earned runs in six innings pitched. Mincey (0-3) is credited as the losing pitcher.
The T-Bones have won four straight games, improving to 19-13 and now a season-high six games over .500 on the season. Kansas City moves to half game back of the second place Wichita Wingnuts in the South Division. Cleburne falls to 12-20 after losing their third straight game. They are currently in fifth place in the South Division standings. Kansas City continues a three-game series with Cleburne Saturday, June 23 at 7:05 at T-Bones Stadium. You can hear all the action live with the "Voice of the T-Bones", Dan Vaughn, on the T-Bones Broadcast Network.
Individual tickets, season, group, mini-plans and nightly party suites are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting the Box Office at T-Bones Stadium or 24/7 at www.tbonesbaseball.com . Call the Box Office at 913-328-5618. Box office hours are 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday - Friday and 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Saturday. For additional information or interview requests, members of the media may contact the T-Bones Media Relations Department at (817) 739-3693. Stay tuned to www.tbonesbaseball.com. and the T-Bones Facebook and Twitter pages for updates throughout the season.
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