WINNIPEG, Canada – The T-Bones battled late, but the Winnipeg Goldeyes held on to a 5-3 win over Kansas City on Tuesday afternoon.
The Kansas City offense got off to a quick start against Winnipeg starter Ethan Hollingsworth (2-0) with back-to-back hits in the first inning. T.J. Mittlestaedt opened the game with a bloop double to left field and advanced to third on a single by Bryan Sabatella. Mittlestaedt gave Kansas City a 1-0 lead on a sacrifice fly by David Espinosa.
The lead was short-lived, however, as the Goldeyes started their first inning with four consecutive singles against T-Bones starting pitcher Andy Noga (0-3), who allowed Winnipeg to take a 2-1 lead. Former T-Bones outfielder Ray Sadler and Casey Haerther each had RBI hits.
Winnipeg added to its lead with home runs by Haerther and Reggie Abercrombie in the third and sixth innings, respectively, off Noga, who allowed eight hits over 6 innings.
Kansas City rallied in the seventh inning with RBI hits from Jonny Kaplan and Darrell Hudson that pulled the T-Bones to within two runs at 5-3, but the rally fell short when reliever Taylor Sewitt struck out Sabatella with the bases loaded.
The T-Bones (22-22) continue their three-game series with Winnipeg (29-14) Wednesday night, with first pitch slated for 7:00. All of the action can be heard on 1660-AM or online at tbonesbaseball.com.