08/31/2010 9:31 PM -
The Kansas City T-Bones (55-38) pushed their win streak to a season-high seven games Tuesday night with a 5-3 victory over the Lake County Fielders (38-56) to begin their final road series of the regular season. Kansas City is now one game behind the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks in a battle for the top spot in the league.
The Fielders took a 1-0 lead in the first inning against Reid Santos (6-5, pictured) on an RBI groundout by Joshua Short. Kansas City tied the game at one against John Brownell (3-9) on a solo home run by Dwayne White in the top of the second, but Lake County reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the frame on a sacrifice fly from Kyle Higgins.
The T-Bones gained a 3-2 lead in the fourth, starting the frame with consecutive singles by Ray Sadler and Jim Fasano. Keith Hernandez forced in Sadler for the first run of the inning when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, and Jimmy Mojica followed with a sacrifice fly that plated Fasano.
Brownell surrendered his final run on a sacrifice fly by White in the fifth, and left with the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth. Ryan Falcon induced a fielder’s choice groundout to end the threat for Lake County. Brownell took the loss after allowing four runs on seven hits in five and two-thirds innings.
Santos posted four scoreless frames after the second inning before a sacrifice fly by Guillermo Martinez drove in the final Fielders run in the seventh. Santos surrendered three runs on six hits while striking out five over seven innings in the victory.
Kansas City added an insurance run on an RBI double by Sadler in the ninth, capping the score at 5-3. Drew Shetrone closed out the game with a scoreless ninth to earn his fifth save with Kansas City.
Sadler finished three-for-four with an RBI to pace the offensive effort. Jacob Blackwood went 0-for-five, failing to reach base safely to snap a 21 game on-base streak. It was the longest active streak in the league.
Mike Rocco (2-2, 5.92) makes his second start for Kansas City in game two of the three-game series Wednesday night opposite Garry Bakker (5-9, 5.23) and 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.