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Rock Solid: Rocco Pitches T-Bones to Eighth Straight Win

09/01/2010 9:31 PM -

Mike Rocco (3-2) surrendered just one run over six solid innings for the Kansas City T-Bones (56-38) Wednesday night as they defeated the Lake County Fielders (38-57), 10-2, to extend their season-high win streak to eight games.

Rocco surrendered his lone run in the third inning when Jeff Dunbar began the frame with a solo home run, his 15th of the season. The right-hander retired nine of the final 10 batters he faced, leaving after a perfect sixth inning. Rocco earned the victory after allowing the one run on four hits while striking out five in six innings of work.

Kansas City jumped out to a 5-0 lead against Garry Bakker (5-10) on five hits and one Fielders error in the second inning, plating the first run on an RBI single by Jimmy Mojica. Keanon Simon followed with an RBI single of his own, and Gabriel Martinez added a two-run single later in the frame to cap the scoring.

Bakker was chased with two outs in the third after surrendering two more runs on a wild pitch and RBI fielder’s choice groundout by Mojica. The right-hander was charged with seven runs, five earned, on six hits and five walks over two and two-thirds innings.

Rico Washington added an RBI single in the fourth inning to push the score to 8-1. Todd Moser entered for Kansas City in the seventh and surrendered the Fielders final run on an RBI double by Kyle Higgins. Hunter Mense took over in the eighth and threw two scoreless frames to close out the game.

The T-Bones added their final two runs in the ninth on a solo home run by Martinez and bases-loaded walk from Luis Nieblas. Martinez finished two-for-three with three RBI to pace the offensive effort. He has now posted multi-hit games in five straight contests and has homered in four of those five games.

Kansas City goes for their ninth straight victory and a series sweep of Lake County Thursday night as they send Cody McAllister (11-5, 4.32) to face Ryan Bicondoa (2-9, 5.18) 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.