06/28/2008 10:03 PM -
JOLIET, Ill. – The Kansas City T-Bones squandered a six-run lead after three innings but rebounded with four runs over the sixth and seventh frames on their way to a 10-6 win over the Joliet JackHammers tonight at Silver Cross Field in Joliet, Ill.
Kansas City plated four runs off Nate Sevier in the first inning, using an RBI double from Brad Correll, RBI single by Jim Fasano and two-run home run from Ken Harvey to take an early 4-0 lead. They added two more runs on a single from Eric Scriven in the third to jump ahead by six.
Sevier left after three, allowing six runs on nine hits. He did not factor into the decision.
Anthony Boughner allowed five baserunners on a hit and four walks over his first three innings, but pitched out of trouble in each frame as he kept Joliet off the board until the fourth. The JackHammers broke through for two runs in the fourth, using an RBI single from Freddie Thon and RBI groundout by Nick Prosise to pull within four.
Joliet tied the game in the fifth with four runs on three hits, including a three-run home run by Joey Gomes with two out. Both runners that were on base for Gomes reached via the walk. Boughner left after surrendering a double to Thon and RBI single to Dorian Rojas following Gomes’ blast, finishing with six runs, five earned, on five hits in four and two-thirds innings. He walked a team record-tying eight in his outing and did not factor into the decision.
Chris Rhoads (pictured) entered for Boughner and faced the minimum through his two and one-thirds innings thanks to a double play ball from the last batter he faced to close out the seventh. He improved to 1-0 with the win.
The T-Bones retook the lead with a two-run sixth inning, scoring the go-ahead run on a wild pitch by Nick O’Brien and the second tally on an RBI single by Fasano as they pulled ahead 8-6. Kansas City got their final two runs in the seventh on a two-run single by Rob Watson to push the final score to 10-6. O’Brien allowed two runs on three hits in two and one-thirds innings as he fell to 0-1 on the season.
Tag Horner threw a perfect eighth for Kansas City before Brady Martinez finished the contest with a scoreless ninth. Jim Fasano extended his hit streak to 10 games with a two-for-four night. He also drove in two runs after seeing his eight-game RBI streak end last night.
The two teams face off in the rubber match of their three-game set tomorrow night as Kenny Durost goes for Kansas City against a pitcher to be determined for the JackHammers. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05.