08/20/2010 10:01 PM -
The Kansas City T-Bones (48-35) matched their franchise high for wins in a season with their 48th win of the year in a 6-4 victory Friday night over the Joliet JackHammers (42-42) at Silver Cross Field.
The T-Bones struck first in the top of the second against Paul Fagan with a two-run frame, scoring their first run on a two-out home run by Keith Hernandez. An RBI triple by Keanon Simon (pictured) two batters later pushed the score to 2-0. Joliet quickly answered against Reid Santos in the bottom half of the frame, tying the game with RBI singles from Ryan Wehrle and Roberto Mena.
The JackHammers took a 3-2 lead in the fifth on an RBI single by former T-Bone Brad Correll, but Kansas City answered in the top of the sixth with an RBI double by Simon to even the score at three. Both starters left after six innings, and neither factored into the decision. Santos was charged with three runs on nine hits while walking two and striking out four. Fagan allowed his three runs on seven hits while walking four and striking out three.
Steven Stewart (5-3) and William Jackel (5-3) combined to throw scoreless seventh innings of relief before a two-run eighth inning from Kansas City gave them a 5-3 advantage. An RBI single by Jimmy Mojica drove in the first run and chased Jackel from the contest with two outs in the frame. Mojica scored on a single by the next batter, Simon.
Joliet picked up their final run against Stewart in the bottom of the eighth on a leadoff home run by Jon Nelson. Kansas City added their final run on a bases-loaded walk from Hernandez against Wes Alsup in the ninth.
Drew Shetrone threw a perfect ninth for Kansas City to earn his third save with the T-Bones.
Simon finished three-for-four with three RBI, falling a home run shy of the cycle. The T-Bones turned a triple play to end the first inning on a lineout by Correll, doubling off runners at second and first to complete the feat. It marked the second triple play in T-Bones history, with the previous coming during the 2006 season.
Kansas City looks for their franchise record 49th victory of the season Saturday night as they send Kevin Light (3-1, 4.29) to face Devin Anderson (4-4, 4.62) in a battle of left-handers. First pitch is set for 7:10. Catch all the action online at www.tbonesbaseball.com or on the radio at KMBZ 980 AM.