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Gary Forces Rubber Match with Extra-Inning Victory

08/10/2009 10:48 PM -

The Kansas City T-Bones (35-43) came back to tie the game after an early deficit but were unable to finish off the Gary SouthShore RailCats (46-32) as they fell, 10-9, in 10 innings tonight in front of 5,024 at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.

Chris Graves was signed by Kansas City prior to the game and made his first professional start in the contest.  After a scoreless first, the left-hander walked four batters in the second, forcing in Gary’s first run with a walk to Eric McNamee.  Graves left after the free pass, allowing one run on one hit and six walks over one and two-thirds innings.

Solo home runs by Neb Brown and Damian Rolls (pictured) in the second and third innings respectively gave Kansas City a 2-1 lead against Tony Cogan and the RailCats.  Gary responded with a six-run fourth inning against reliever Weston Curles, highlighted by a three-run home run from Cristian Guerrero that capped off the frame, giving the RailCats a 7-2 advantage.

Mark Minicozzi plated two more runs with a single in the bottom of the inning to cut the deficit to three before Jordan Czarnecki connected for a solo home run in the fifth to push the score to 8-4.  Curles pitched three and one-third innings and surrendered seven runs on six hits.  He was relieved by Dustin Bolton who threw two shutout innings.

The T-Bones added a single tally in the fifth before using a three-run seventh to chase Cogan and tie the game at eight.  Craig Hurba drove in the first run in the seventh with a ground-rule double before Jacob Blackwood finished Cogan’s night.

Cogan surrendered eight runs on 11 hits over six and two-thirds innings.  This was the third straight game in the series that neither starter factored into the decision. 

Payton Tweddale threw a scoreless eighth for Kansas City before walking to Mike Rohde to begin the ninth.  Cody McAllister (6-4) relieved the left-hander and surrendered an RBI single to Rob Marconi for a 9-8 Gary lead.  Kansas City quickly answered against former teammate Andy Shipman, using two singles and an intentional walk to load the bases before a sacrifice fly by Jacob Blackwood forced an extra frame.

McAllister remained in for the tenth, surrendering a walk before getting two outs to bring Guerrero to the plate.  The RailCats right-fielder doubled to left-center to cap the score at 10-9.  Shipman surrendered a two-out single to Aharon Eggleston before inducing a flyout from Damian Rolls to end the game.  Eggleston’s single extended his on-base streak to 37 games

Derek Duclos (1-3, 4.64) will take the mound for Kansas City in the rubber match of the series against Tom Thorton (7-5, 5.85) and the RailCats.  First Pitch is set for 7:05.  Single-game tickets for the T-Bones start at just $6.  For more information, call 913-328-5618 or visit www.tbonesbaseball.com