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T-Bones Fall Victim to Ninth Inning Rally

05/08/2009 8:53 AM -

Recap courtesy of Jason Van Arkel and the Lincoln Saltdogs.  Visit www.saltdogs.com for more information on the Saldogs.

The Lincoln Saltdogs played a wild exhibition game at Haymarket Park Thursday night, coming from behind to beat the Kansas City T-Bones 11-10.  Lincoln smacked a pair of solo home runs in the bottom of the ninth to steal victory from the jaws of defeat.

With one out in the ninth, Steve Alexander cracked a solo home run to right-center field off of reliever Andy Shipman (0-1), tying the game at ten.  One out later, and with the game about to end in a tie, Ernesto Gonzalez ripped an 0-2 pitch into the right-field bullpen to send the Saltdogs fans home happy.  The comeback made a winner our of Lincoln reliever Daryl Arreola (1-0), who pitched around an error and a questionable call to toss a scoreless top of the ninth.

The game started out as a slugfest, with both teams scoring three runs in the first inning.  Lincoln tacked on three more runs in both the second and third innings to grab a 9-3 lead, but Kansas City got three back in the fourth, and scored four times in the seventh to take a one-run lead.  The Saltdogs left the tying run in scoring position in the bottom of the eighth before rallying in the final frame.

Lincoln’s Shea McFeely finished the game 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored, including a 2-run homer in the second inning.  Juan Richardson cracked a two-run shot of his own in the first inning, and Josh Burrus drove in two runs while reaching base in each of his first three trips to the plate.

For Kansas City, Aharon Eggleston had two doubles, two RBI and three runs scored.  Brad Correll drove in three runs, and former University of Nebraska star Ken Harvey doubled twice and drove in two.

Both teams will head to Sioux Falls this weekend to take part in the Independent Baseball Showcase.  Lincoln has two games on its schedule, Friday against Fargo-Moorhead and Saturday against Winnipeg, while Kansas City will take on St. Paul on Saturday.