07/16/2011 8:21 PM -
The Kansas City T-Bones (26-34) were unable to erase an early four-run deficit as they fell, 7-4, to the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks (28-32) on Saturday night at Newman Outdoor Field in Fargo, N.D.
After consecutive walks by Matt Mitchell (2-3) to begin the first, RedHawks center fielder Nic Jackson connected for a two-run double to score the first two runs of the contest. Kyle Nichols followed with a two-run home run to give Fargo a 4-0 lead before an out was recorded.
Kansas City responded with three runs against Jake Laber (8-3) in the second to pull within one, 4-3. Aharon Eggleston plated the first tally with a single and Jeff Hulett added a two-run double to cap the inning.
Laber allowed just one more run on a wild pitch in the seventh inning and left after inducing a popout from Jim Fasano to begin the eighth. The left-hander earned the victory after allowing four runs on nine hits while striking out eight.
Fargo picked up a single run in the bottom of the second to make the score 5-3. Mitchell held the RedHawks scoreless over the next two innings before giving way to Martin Dewald after surrendering a single and a walk to begin the fifth. A two-run double by C.J. Retherford later in the inning pushed the score to 7-3.
Mitchell was charged with five runs on six hits and five walks over four-plus innings in the loss.
Gerardo Caceres singled and eventually scored on Laber’s wild pitch to cap the score at 7-4. Kansas City drew two one-out walks against Fargo relief pitching in the eighth to bring the tying run to the plate, but Donnie Smith entered and retired the next five hitters to close out the game and earn his first save of the season.
Trent Lare threw a scoreless eighth to finish the game for Kansas City.
The T-Bones look for a series split on Sunday afternoon as they send Reid Santos (6-3, 4.97) to the mound opposite Joe Harris (1-1, 5.52) and Fargo in a battle of left-handers. First pitch is set for 1:00. To catch all the action while the team is on the road, listen live on KUDL Radio Bach 1660 AM or online at www.tbonesbaseball.com.