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T-Bones Earn Series Split with 11-6 Victory

06/17/2010 9:44 PM -

The Kansas City T-Bones (16-11) scored two runs in each of the first four innings en route to an 11-6 win over the Gary SouthShore RailCats (15-12) in front of 9,703 fans at CommunityAmerica Ballpark, the third largest crowd in T-Bones history.

Gary opened the scoring in the first off Kansas City starter Ryan Knippschild (5-1) when Adam Klein led off the game with a single and later scored an RBI groundout by Mike Massaro. The T-Bones answered against Brad Halsey (1-2) in the bottom half with an RBI groundout by Rico Washington and a sacrifice fly by Ray Sadler, giving Kansas City a 2-1 lead after one.

The T-Bones extended their lead to 4-1 in the second on a two-run home run by Ryan Fox. Brian Joynt’s home run in the third added two more, giving Kansas City a 6-1 advantage. Eladio Rodriguez and Jimmy Mojica both scored on an error in the fourth, with Keanon Simon picking up an RBI on the play, to put the T-Bones up, 8-1, after four.

The RailCats cut the lead to 8-5 in the fifth, scoring four runs on five hits, highlighted by an RBI double by Jay Pecci. Joynt’s second home run of the night in the fifth made the score 9-5, and Halsey was ejected from the game for hitting Ryan Fox on the first pitch after Joynt’s home run. Halsey surrendered nine runs, eight earned, on 11 hits over four and one-thirds innings in the loss.

Kansas City turned to Erik Hamren with two outs in the seventh.  Knippschild allowed five runs on nine hits over six and two-thirds innings, walking three and striking out six in the victory.

The T-Bones added two in the seventh on a two-run home run by Simon before the RailCats capped the scoring at 11-6 with an unearned run in the eighth.

Hamren gave up just one unearned run on two hits in two and one-thirds innings of work. Joynt finished the game three-for-four with two home runs, three RBI and three runs scored.

Kansas City opens a three-game series with the Schaumburg Flyers Friday night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. The T-Bones send Andrew Cruse (2-2, 0.58 ERA) to the bump in game one. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. Catch all the action through streaming webcast at or on the radio at KXTR 1660 AM.