08/22/2009 9:45 PM -
Neb Brown singled home Jim Fasano to cap off a two-run ninth inning as the Kansas City T-Bones (41-46) ensured a series victory over the Joliet JackHammers (30-57) with a 3-2 win tonight in front of 9,613 fans.
The third largest crowd in team history enjoyed a special pre-game ceremony saluting local first responders, and also saw Royals Hall of Famer Willie Wilson play two innings for the T-Bones to end his professional career in a Kansas City uniform. Wilson started in centerfield and finished 0-for-one with a swinging strikeout in his only at bat.
Back-to-back doubles by Luis Terrero and Jim Fasano in the second inning drove in the first run of contest for Kansas City, giving them an early 1-0 lead against Nate Sevier (2-3). The JackHammers answered quickly, using an RBI groundout by Kevin Rios to tie the game versus Brett Davis in the third.
The score remained tied until Christian Lopez’s first home run of the season gave Joliet a 2-1 lead in the seventh. Davis left after eight frames having allowed two runs on eight hits while striking out eight and walking one in just his second professional outing. He did not factor into the decision.
Payton Tweddale surrendered a single to begin the ninth before giving way to Justin James (4-6). After a single, James sandwiched a strikeout between two fielder’s choice groundouts to end the inning. He allowed one hit while striking out one in one inning to secure the victory.
Sevier retired 10 straight before surrendering leadoff home run to Terrero in the ninth to tie the game at two. After singles by Fasano and Craig Hurba, Drew Shetrone entered and struck out the next two batters. Brown, pinch-hitting for Jeff Helps, then lined a single to former T-Bone Eric Scriven in left field to plate Fasano for the walk-off victory.
Sevier was charged with three runs on nine hits over eight-plus innings in the loss. Aharon Eggleston replaced Wilson in the batting order and finished two-for-three to extend his home hit streak to 23 games.
Chris Rhoads (5-4, 6.00) takes the mound for Kansas City tomorrow afternoon in their final regular season home game this season. Joliet will counter with Rory Shortell (3-6, 5.40). First pitch is set for 1:05. The T-Bones are pulling out all the stops for tomorrow’s game, expanding the $1 menu to include hot dots, peanuts, chips, popsicles – and small domestic draft beers! All GA/Berm tickets for tomorrow’s contest are also $1. Call 913-328-5618 or www.tbonesbaseball.com to secure your seats for the T-Bones regular season home finale.