08/29/2010 6:11 PM -
The Kansas City T-Bones (54-38) collected three more home runs on Sunday night, pushing their league-record total to 152 as they finished off a four-game sweep of the Rockford RiverHawks (44-49), 7-4.
The T-Bones picked up two runs against Raymar Diaz (1-1) in the first inning, scoring the first on a sacrifice fly by Jim Fasano. A bases-loaded wild pitch forced in the second run two batters later for an early 2-0 lead.
Rockford answered against Andrew Cruse (11-5) in the bottom of the frame with a solo home run by Jake Eigsti. It was the only run Cruse would allow in five innings of work as the right-hander surrendered just four hits while walking one and striking out seven in the victory. Cruse is now tied with teammate Cody McAllister for the league lead in wins at 11.
Gabriel Martinez continued his hot start for Kansas City in the third inning, pushing the score to 4-1 with a two-run home run. He finished the game two-for-five and is now 11-for-26 (.423) with two doubles, six home runs and 13 RBI in his first six games with the T-Bones.
A solo home run by Ray Sadler (pictured) began the sixth inning for Kansas City, extending the T-Bones lead to 5-1. Sadler has now homered in four straight games.
Diaz went seven innings for Rockford, taking the loss after allowing five runs on five hits.
Kansas City added a run in the eighth on a solo home run by Fasano and plated their final tally on an error in the ninth inning. Steven Stewart surrendered the second RiverHawks run in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single by John Wagle. Todd Moser and Matt Perisho followed with scoreless seventh and eighth innings respectively.
Drew Shetrone surrendered a two-run home run to Jono Brooks in the ninth to cap the score at 7-4 before striking out two of the next three batters to end the contest.
The T-Bones get their first off-day since August 2 on Monday before starting a three-game series with Lake County on Tuesday night. Kansas City will send left-hander Reid Santos (5-5, 5.38) to the mound against a pitcher to be determined for the Fielders. First pitch is set for 7:00. Catch all the action online at www.tbonesbaseball.com or on the radio at KXTR 1660 AM.