05/20/2010 10:38 PM -
Five errors by the Gary SouthShore RailCats led to five unearned runs for their pitching staff as the Kansas City T-Bones opened the 2010 season with a 9-6 victory in Gary, IN.
The T-Bones capitalized on two RailCat errors in the first inning to grab a quick 1-0 lead against Gary starter Willie Glen. Keanon Simon began the game with a walk and stole second two batters later. On the play, an errant throw by the catcher skipped into center field and sent Simon to third. The throw into third from center then got away and sent Simon home.
Kansas City extended their lead to three in the fourth with a two-out, two-run home run by newcomer Brian Joynt. Glen left the contest after four innings having allowed three runs, two earned, on just one hit while walking four and striking out six.
Dewon Brazelton threw three scoreless innings for Kansas City before Gary picked up their first run on an RBI triple by John Parham, his first professional hit and RBI. The RailCats took advantage of a two-out Kansas City error to score four times in the fifth, plating the first on the error and the second on an RBI single by Jeff Beachum. Reliever Steven Stewart entered and surrendered a two-run double to Tanner Townsend to cap off the frame.
Brazelton was charged with five runs, one earned, on three hits in four and two-thirds innings. Neither starter factored into the decision.
Stewart finished the fifth for the T-Bones and added two scoreless innings to improve to 1-0 on the season.
Kansas City put runners at the corners with a hit and an error in the sixth before an RBI single by Joynt pushed the T-Bones within one, 5-4. Another costly RailCat error tied the game at five with one out in the seventh before Jim Fasano (pictured) connected for a three-run home run against James Baker for an 8-5 Kansas City advantage.
Baker suffered the loss after allowing three unearned runs on one hit in two-thirds of an inning.
Drew Graham struck out the first batter he faced in the eighth before walking two RailCats and giving way to Erik Hamren. A wild pitch three batters later plated Gary’s final tally. Fasano added another run with a ninth-inning single to cap the score at 9-6. Justin James threw a perfect ninth to secure the save.
Fasano (four) and Joynt (three) combined for all seven of the T-Bones RBI in the contest. Both collected two hits in the game.
The two teams face off again tomorrow night as left-hander Ryan Knippschild takes the mound for the T-Bones opposite right-hander Brandon Magee. First pitch is set for 7:00. Catch all the action through streaming webcast at www.tbonesbaseball.com or on the radio at KXTR 1660 AM.