08/29/2008 9:49 PM -
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – With a loss by the Joliet JackHammers and a 12-3 victory over the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks tonight, the Kansas City T-Bones clinched their first playoff berth since 2004 in front of 6,046 fans at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.
Aharon Eggleston led off the T-Bones first inning against Brett Lawson with a single and later came home on a base hit by Greg Jacobs for Kansas City’s first tally of the contest. Fargo answered with a solo home run off Anthony Snow in the second to tie the contest at one.
Kansas City failed to score in the bottom of the second but plated eight runs on seven hits to blow the game open at 9-1. Lawson failed to get an out in the frame, allowing the first six batters to reach on four hits and two walks. Back-to-back RBI doubles from Rob Watson (pictured) and Jacobs drove in the first two runs for the T-Bones. Jim Fasano scored on a passed ball by Kole Zimmerman and Bo Hart on a wild pitch by the new hurler David Morgan. Morgan then allowed an RBI single to Geoff McCallum before Watson collected his second run-scoring double of the frame to cap off the inning.
Lawson fell to 7-5 after allowing seven runs on nine hits over two-plus innings.
Kansas City added their final three runs in the fourth on a three-run home run by Neb Brown, his fifth of the season.
Snow surrendered two more runs to Fargo on an RBI single by Jeff Eure and bases-loaded walk by Joe Mathis to cap off the scoring at 12-3. He improved to 6-6 after allowing three runs on six hits over seven innings while striking out eight and walking six.
Andy Shipman threw two perfect innings to finish the game for Kansas City. Steve Mortimer came in from right field to throw a perfect ninth for the RedHawks.
The two teams face off in game two of their three-game set tomorrow night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05.