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Kansas City Unable to Complete Season-Opening Sweep

05/23/2010 4:10 PM -

A four-run Gary fourth inning proved too much for the Kansas City T-Bones (3-1) as the RailCats (1-3) prevented a season-opening sweep by Kansas City with a 5-2 victory.

After Rico Washington reached on an error to begin the frame, an RBI single by Jim Fasano gave the T-Bones a 1-0 lead against Zach McClellan in the top of the fourth inning.  McClellan left after four innings of work, allowing one unearned run on three hits in his outing.

Reid Santos allowed just one baserunner over his first three innings in his Kansas City debut before Gary struck in the fourth.  A single, walk, and an error loaded the bases to begin the frame before an RBI groundout by Jeff Beachum tied the game at one.  Tanner Townsend followed with a two-run triple and scored on an RBI single by Yuki Matsumoto to push the score to 4-1.  After a single by the next batter, Chris Carrara, Santos left in favor of Erik Hamren.  Matsumoto then came home on an errant pickoff throw by the new T-Bones pitcher to cap off the scoring in the inning.

Santos was charged with all five runs, three earned, on five hits in three and one-thirds innings in the loss.

Kansas City quickly loaded the bases against Brad Furnish in the top of the fifth, bringing the score to 5-2 with an RBI single by Jacob Blackwood.  Furnish safely retired the next three hitters to keep Gary’s lead at three.

Furnish earned the victory in the contest after allowing one run on four hits over three innings of relief.  Former T-Bone Andy Shipman pitched the final two innings for Gary to earn the save.

Brett Davis took over for Hamren to begin the sixth and held the RailCats scoreless for two innings.  Justin James added a perfect eighth to finish the game for the T-Bones.

Kansas City continues their season-opening road trip with a three-game series in Schaumburg, IL against the Flyers beginning Tuesday night.  Cody McAllister is scheduled to begin game one for Kansas City opposite Dustin Glant and the Flyers.  First pitch is set for 6:30.  Catch all the action through streaming webcast at www.tbonesbaseball.com or on the radio at KXTR 1660 AM.