07/02/2018 9:11 PM -
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The Kansas City T-Bones were back in the groove Tuesday night, defeating the Sioux Falls Canaries 3-2 at T-Bones Stadium. The decision marks the eleventh win for the T-Bones in their last 13 games.
Sioux Falls took an early lead, scoring two runs in the third inning. Despite a valiant attempt at a diving catch by T-Bones’ Dexter Kjerstad, Patrick Fiala reached second with a shot to the left field corner. Fiala then advanced to third on a wild pitch and was brought home on an RBI single by Jordan Smith, making the score 1-0 Sioux Falls.
Smith later raced to steal second, and as the catcher attempted the throw-out, the ball ricocheted off the runner into the outfield, allowing him to move up to third. A sacrifice fly by Canaries’ shortstop Blake Schmit scored Smith, giving Sioux Falls a 2-0 lead.
Mason Davis answered back in the T-Bones half of the third inning, leading off with a base hit to right center field. He went on to steal second and was later brought home with an infield single by Nick Torres, making the score 2-1 Sioux Falls.
In the seventh, the T-Bones took advantage of Canaries’ reliever Nicco Blank (3-2). Todd Cunningham lined a shot to the shortstop, who bobbled it with an error, allowing the T-Bones to even it up by scoring Mason Davis who had reached base on a walk and advanced on a wild pitch.
Rally time for Kansas City in the bottom of the eighth, as Dexter Kjerstad reached second on a base hit to left center off Canaries’ Miles Nordgren. An RBI double by Adrian Nieto down the left field line brought Kjerstad home and gave the T-Bones a late-game lead of 3-2.
Kansas City never looked back, keeping the lead and chalking up their 26th win of the season with a score of 3-2.
T-Bones’ RHP Lucas Irvine (4-0) worked seven innings, striking out five and allowing two runs on six hits. He was followed in relief by Cody Winiarski (1-0) in the eighth and Carlos Diaz in the ninth. Diaz struck out two of the four Sioux Falls batters he faced. Winiarski was credited with the win.
The T-Bones will go after Sioux Falls again Tuesday evening as they take on the Canaries in the second of a three-game series. Game time 7:05 pm at T-Bones Stadium with fireworks following the game.
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. 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.