08/18/2010 9:01 PM -
Ryan Knippschild (9-6) surrendered one run on three hits over seven innings, and the Kansas City T-Bones (47-34) hit three home runs en route to a 5-1 win over the Winnipeg Goldeyes (40-41) Wednesday night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.
In front of 3,603 fans, Knippschild surrendered the lone run on a home run by Luis Alen to begin the second inning. Following the home run he did not allow a runner past second base, and at one point retired 13 in-a-row. He struck out eight while walking one to become the third T-Bones pitcher to earn nine wins this season.
Kansas City opened the scoring off Chris Salamida (9-7) when Jacob Blackwood hit his third home run in two games, a solo shot in the first inning, to give the T-Bones the early lead. The home run pushed Blackwood’s league-leading total to 28, putting him five long balls from tying the Northern League single-season record of 33.
After Alen’s home run tied the game in the top of the second, an RBI single by Jimmy Mojica plated a run in the bottom half, reclaiming the lead for Kansas City.
Rico Washington hit a solo home run in the third to push the score to 3-1 before Ray Sadler hit a home run to start the T-Bones half of the sixth, marking the final run Salamida surrendered in the contest. Salamida allowed four runs on seven hits, striking out three in the loss.
The T-Bones capped the scoring at 5-1 in the seventh when a sacrifice fly by Blackwood off Chad Benefield plated Keanon Simon.
Steven Stewart threw a scoreless eighth, and Erik Hamren worked a perfect ninth for Kansas City. Their three home runs as a team pushed the T-Bones now league-record season total to 130.
Kansas City travels to Joliet for a four-game series beginning Thursday night. The T-Bones send right-hander Andrew Cruse (9-4, 2.92) to the mound opposite right-hander Bear Bay (6-5, 3.69) and the JackHammers. First pitch is set for 7:10. Catch all the action online at www.tbonesbaseball.com or on the radio at KXTR 1660 AM.
PRIME CUTS: Prior to the game, the T-Bones signed catcher Luis Nieblas and released pitcher Francis Beltran.