06/26/2009 10:01 PM -
The Kansas City T-Bones (16-20) scored four runs in the first inning as they cruised to an 11-3 victory in game one of a three-game set against the Schaumburg Flyers (19-17) tonight at Alexian Field in Schaumburg, Illinois.
The first five T-Bones hitters reached safely against Dustin Glant (4-2) on three hits, a walk and a hit batter, with Greg Jacobs and Craig Hurba driving in a run each. Following a strikeout and lineout, Mark Minicozzi capped off the frame with a two-run single to give Kansas City a 4-0 advantage.
The Flyers answered against Cody McAllister (3-0, pictured) in the bottom of the frame when Jose Valdez tripled and scored on a wild pitch. An RBI single by T.J. Wilson in the second inning brought Schaumburg within two.
Kansas City scored their fifth run of the contest on an RBI fielder’s choice by Minicozzi in the third. After a scoreless fourth, Minicozzi followed a two-out double by Neb Brown with a two-base hit of his own to push the T-Bones’ lead to 6-4.
After two hits and an error loaded the bases for the T-Bones with one out in the sixth, Glant walked Jim Fasano to force in Kansas City’s seventh run. He then left in favor of Kris Jiggitts, who surrendered an RBI single to Ryan Fox to push the score to 8-2.
Glant suffered the loss after allowing eight runs on 11 hits in five and one-thirds innings. McAllister departed after six innings having allowed two runs while scattering six hits to earn the victory in just his second career start.
The T-Bones finished their scoring with a three-run seventh, using a two-run double by Jacobs and a sacrifice fly from Fasano to extend their lead to 11-2. Jacobs finished the game four-for-five with three RBI and Minicozzi went two-for-five with four RBI for Kansas City.
Chris Rhoads threw two scoreless innings in relief of McAllister. Payton Tweddale was charged with one unearned run in the ninth when Travis Brown singled to start the frame and later scored on a passed ball to push the final to 11-3.
The two teams face off tomorrow night in game two of the series as Dustin Bolton (1-2, 7.83) takes the mound for Kansas City opposite Tom Lyons (1-2, 5.49) for the Flyers. First pitch is set for 6:05.