05/14/2011 10:31 PM -
Rico Washington finished three-for-five with two doubles and five RBI to pace the Kansas City T-Bones (3-0) offense as they continued their early success in an 11-3 victory over the El Paso Diablos (0-3) on Saturday night.
Kansas City scored first for the third straight night, picking up two runs against Cardoza Tucker (0-1) in the first inning when Jimmy Mojica reached with an RBI double and later scored on a groundout by Ray Sadler. Right-hander T.J. Large (1-0) held El Paso scoreless through two before an RBI single from Johan Garcia brought the Diablos within one, 2-1.
Aharon Eggleston responded for the T-Bones in the fourth with an RBI double to chase Tucker and push the score to 3-1. The hit was the only one Eggleston collected on the night, raising his T-Bones career total to 362, just three shy of tying Greg Jacobs for the franchise career record in that category.
Tucker surrendered three runs on three hits while walking three and striking out three over three and one-thirds innings in the loss.
Kansas City picked up two more runs in the fifth and added three in the seventh to gain an 8-1 advantage. Doubles from Washington drove in the first run in the fifth, and the first two tallies of the seventh. The veteran infielder drove in his final two runs with a single in the eighth to cap off a three-run frame that pushed the final score to 11-3.
Large went six innings for Kansas City in the victory, surrendering just one run on four hits while striking out eight in the contest. Rusty Jones entered in the seventh and surrendered two runs on one walk and one hit before adding a scoreless eighth. Drew Graham finished the game with a scoreless ninth, striking out two in the process.
Kansas City looks to secure a series victory in game three Saturday night at 8:05 CT. Right-hander T.J. Large will make his T-Bones debut opposite former T-Bone right-hander Cardoza Tucker and El Paso. Catch all the action on KUDL Radio Bach 1660 AM or through the listen live link on www.tbonesbaseball.com.
PRIME CUTS: Tonight marked the third consecutive night that the T-Bones posted a double-digit run total, a feat they last accomplished against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks in the final three games of the 2008 season…University of Kansas product Ryne Price drew four walks in the game for Kansas City to tie a team record.