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Joynt’s Two Home Runs Not Enough to Prevent Sweep

05/29/2011 8:26 PM -

The St. Paul Saints (11-4) finished off a three-game sweep of the Kansas City T-Bones (7-9) with an 8-6 victory in front of 5,165 fans on Sunday night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.

The first three batters of the game all reached and scored off of Devin Anderson (2-1) as the Saints took a 3-0 lead in the first. Kansas City got a run back against Donald Brandt in the bottom of the inning when Aharon Eggleston reached on a leadoff single and eventually scored on an RBI groundout by Ray Sadler. Both teams added single tallies in the second before a two-run home run by Richard Mercado in the top of the third pushed the score to 6-2.

Kansas City rallied back with two runs in each of the next two innings, starting with a solo home run by Brian Joynt (pictured), his second of the game, to begin the fourth. Ray Sadler then tied the game for the T-Bones in the fifth with a two-run blast, his fourth of the season.

Brandt left after five innings having allowed six runs on nine hits while striking out six. He did not factor into the decision.

The score remained tied at six until the Saints used two solo home runs in the seventh to reclaim the final lead of the game at 8-6. Anderson took the loss after allowing eight runs on 13 hits over seven and one-thirds innings. The left-hander threw 106 pitches in the contest.

Steven Stewart surrendered just two hits over two and two-thirds scoreless innings to finish the game for Kansas City. Alberto Rolon (2-0) earned the victory for St. Paul after allowing just one hit over three scoreless innings of relief. Roberto Manuel earned his fourth save with a scoreless ninth.

Kansas City now welcomes the Grand Prairie AirHogs (11-5) to CommunityAmerica Ballpark for the second time this season for a four-game set beginning Monday night. First pitch is set for 7:05. Come celebrate Memorial Day with the T-Bones as Verizon presents a special Post-Game Fireworks show! Also, every Monday home game is Kids Eat FREE night presented by CommunityAmerica Credit Union where the first 2,000 kids 12 & under receive a voucher for a hot dog, bag of chips and lemonade. Call 913-328-5618 or visit www.tbonesbaseball.com to secure your seats today.