08/27/2010 9:12 PM -
The Kansas City T-Bones (52-38) pushed their league-record home run total to 145 with four home runs Friday night, including two from newcomer Gabriel Martinez, as they defeated the Rockford RiverHawks (44-47), 11-4, at Road Ranger Stadium.
Ray Sadler gave the T-Bones a 1-0 lead in the second inning with a solo home run off Mike Wood (3-7). Rockford answered quickly, taking their only lead of the contest with three runs against Cody McAllister (11-5) in the bottom of the inning. A solo shot from Victor Diaz started the inning before consecutive sacrifice flies later in the frame pushed the score to 3-1.
McAllister allowed just one more run in the contest on an RBI double by Jono Brooks in the seventh. The right-hander moved into first place in the Northern League with his 11th victory of the season after allowing four runs on six hits over seven solid innings for Kansas City.
Steven Stewart threw a perfect eighth and Hunter Mense added a scoreless ninth to finish the game for the T-Bones.
Kansas City used a three-run frame in the third to reclaim the lead, 4-3. Jimmy Mojica reached safely on an error to begin the inning and later scored the first run on a double by Jacob Blackwood. An RBI groundout by Martinez and RBI single by Sadler capped the scoring in the frame.
After adding a single tally in the fourth, Martinez pushed the score to 6-3 with a solo shot to begin the fifth, his first of the contest. Wood left after surrendering a leadoff single in the sixth, taking the loss after allowing six runs, four earned, on nine hits over five-plus innings.
Martinez blasted his second home run of the contest with two outs in the seventh, pushing the score to 7-3. Kansas City picked up their final four runs in the ninth, collecting the first two on a home run from Keanon Simon. Martinez added an RBI double and Rico Washington an RBI single to cap the scoring on the night, 11-4.
Martinez is six-for-15 in his first four games with Kansas City, collecting two doubles, three home runs and eight RBI in that span. He finished tonight’s contest three-for-five with four RBI to pace Kansas City. Washington posted his second straight three-hit night and every T-Bones starter collected at least one hit, with six posting multi-hit efforts.
Kansas City looks to secure their fifth straight win and clinch a series victory in game three of the four-game set Saturday night as they send Ryan Knippschild (9-7, 5.25) to face Kyle Ruwe (6-7, 6.16) and the RiverHawks. First pitch is set for 6:05. Catch all the action online at www.tbonesbaseball.com or on the radio at KXTR 1660 AM.