07/06/2014 6:54 PM -
By SHANE JACKSON
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The T-Bones needed a big seventh-inning rally to help take the series finale, 7-4, over Sioux Falls at CommunityAmerica Ballpark on Sunday.
After battling back and forth through the majority of the game, the T-Bones trailed 4-3 in the home half of the seventh. Nick Schwaner launched a leadoff home run, sparking a rally.
Robby Kuzdale kept the offense going with an RBI single, and then David Espinosa followed with a triple to right that scored two in what turned out to be a four-run inning.
Sioux Falls got on the scoreboard first, jumping on winless T-Bones starter Andy Noga in the first inning. Chris Duffy lined a one-out single into left that scored Steve Tinoco.
Kansas City answered in the bottom of the inning when T.J. Mittelstaedt led off the Kansas City half with a home run — his seventh — on top of the berm in right field.
Down 2-1, in the fourth the T-Bones got their offense going with three consecutive doubles at the start of the inning by Bryan Sabatella, Espinosa, and Byron Wiley, which gave Kansas City a 3-2 lead.
The Canaries evened the score at 3-3 in the fifth with another two hit inning on singles by Duffy and Chris Valencia.
Pat Doyle (3-3), who came in for Noga in the seventh, was credited with the win. Kris Regas notched his 12th save with a scoreless ninth. Espinosa went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a triple, three RBIs and a run.
After taking three out of four against the Canaries and moving to 25-25 at the midway point of the season, the T-Bones are off Monday before starting a three-game series at CommunityAmerica Ballpark against Grand Prairie on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are available by calling the Providence Medical Center Box Office at CommunityAmerica Ballpark at 913-328-5618.