06/07/2004 4:14 PM - JOLIET, IL The Joliet JackHammers (7-10) defeated the Kansas City T-Bones (5-13) 11-to-4 in front of 3,128 on Monday night at Silver Cross Field. The JackHammers have pounded out 34 runs on 44 hits in their last three games. The JackHammers are 2-and-0 versus the T-Bones through the first two games of this four-game series, and they are 5-and-4 versus the T-Bones in the all-time series. The JackHammers are 3-and-3 through six games of this eight-game home stand. This win was the 100th in JackHammers history.
Rick Prieto (3-for-5) grounded a single to center field and then stole second base. Chad Hill (1-for-5) reached on a bunt single pushing Prieto to third base. Eddie Pearsons (3-for-4) infield RBI single gave the T-Bones a 1-to-0 lead. JackHammers first baseman Rickie Morton watched Pearsons roller stay fair as it rolled down the first base line.
The JackHammers tied the game in the bottom of the 3rd inning. Dan Firlit (0-for-1) led off with a walk. He advanced to second base on Jermaine Allensworths (2-for-3) sacrifice bunt. John Lackaff (3-for-5) drove in Firlit with a single to left field. It was his 6th RBI of the season. In the bottom of the 4th inning, Jason Kinchen (2-for-4) crushed a pitch a long way to right field for a solo home run, his 3rd round-tripper and 9th RBI of the season, and the JackHammers led 2-to-1.
With two outs and Prieto aboard at third base, Pearson tallied an RBI single on a line drive off the glove of first baseman Rickie Morton. Then, Ray Brown (1-for-3) connected for a 2-run home run the opposite way to left field, his team leading 6th of the season with his 13th/14th RBI. The T-Bones led 4-to-2.
The JackHammers rebounded in the bottom of the 5th inning sending eight batters to the plate and scored four. With one out and Allensworth aboard after a single, Lackaff singled. Josh Loggins (3-for-5) delivered a ground ball single to center field to score Allensworth. T-Bones catcher Matt Ceriani tried picking off Loggins from 1st base later in the inning, but his throw went into right field allowing Lackaff to advance to third base. Then, T-Bones starting RHP John Howerton (0-2) uncorked a wild pitch that scored Lackaff.
That meant the end of the night for Howerton who endured the loss as he worked 4.2 innings, allowed nine hits, six runs (all earned), walked two and struck out two. Later in the inning, Kinchen went the opposite way to left field with a 2-RBI double. It was his 2nd double of the season and 10th/11th RBI as the JackHammers took a 6-to-4 lead. With no outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 6th inning, Lackaffs bounding ball to left field bounced past a drawn-in infield for a 2-RBI single and an 8-to-4 JackHammers lead.
After T-Bones RHP Caleb Balbuena left the game and with the bases loaded later in the inning, Jeff Goldbach (1-for-4) grounded a bases loaded clearing double down the left field line for an 11-to-4 lead. Goldbach produced his 3rd double and 8th-10th RBI on the season.
JackHammers starting LHP Brian Mazone (2-1) pitched seven innings for the win. He allowed nine hits, four runs (all earned), walked one ands truck out six.
The JackHammers and T-Bones will play the third game of this four-game series at 7:05 pm on Tuesday at Silver Cross Field. RHP Jonathan Krysa (1-3, 4.71) will start for the T-Bones, and RHP Steve Hecker (0-2, 1.42) will start for the JackHammers.