05/20/2012 7:50 PM
Kansas City and New Jersey combined for 55 runs in the first three games of their four-game series, so Sunday proved to be a change of pace as the Jackals won 4-2 behind a strong start by lefty Jon Kibler, taking the series three games to one.
The T-Bones got only one hit off of Kibler, a crafty left-hander, through five innings. In the sixth, Kansas City put together three consecutive hits, chasing Kibler, who still picked up his first win of the season.
“We didn’t make adjustments offensively against (Kibler) soon enough,” said Kansas City manager Kenny Hook. “We didn’t make him work hard enough; we kept swinging early in the count. You have to approach a soft-throwing lefty differently. We didn’t put him on the ropes early enough. That was the difference in the game.”
The Jackals scored a run in the first inning after loading the bases immediately against righty Matt Mitchell. Gaetano Giunta walked, Angel Berroa doubled, and Mitchell hit Bryan Sabatella with a pitch. The next batter, Francisco Caraballo, drove in Giunta giving New Jersey a 1-0 lead.
Neither team would score again until the top of the sixth inning. After Berroa walked, Sabatella scored him on a double. A single by Caraballo scored Sabatella, and the Jackals’ lead widened to 3-0.
Justin Bass put the T-Bones on the board in the bottom of the sixth inning with an RBI triple. A single by Sean Henry drove in Bass, and the T-Bones trailed just 3-2. Henry advanced to third base on ground outs by Jose Duran and Brandon Jones, but when Henry tried to score on a wild pitch, he was thrown out at the plate.
The T-Bones (1-3) get set to host Gary SouthShore in a three-game series beginning on Monday evening at CommunityAmerica Ballpark, with first pitch set for 7:05. Brian Grening (0-0) is scheduled to pitch for the T-Bones against Mike Perconte (0-0) for the RailCats. Tickets are available by calling the T-Bones box office at 913-328-5618.