SIOUX CITY, Iowa – The Explorers scored in only three innings Monday night, but any two of the three would have been enough in their 13-6 win over Kansas City in the series opener.
With the T-Bones leading 4-0, Sioux City rallied against Kansas City starter Derek Gordon in the third inning. Shortly after Gordon issued back-to-back walks at the start of the inning, Peter Barrows and Amos Ramon delivered back-to-back RBI doubles. By the end of the inning, the Explorers sent 10 to the plate, and scored five runs on four hits and three walks.
Down 5-4 in the fifth inning, Kansas City once again rallied off of Sioux City starter John Straka with a two-run single from Brian Erie that gave the T-Bones a 6-5 lead. Erie, who went hitless in three games at St. Paul during the weekend, ended Monday’s game with a three-for-four performance with three RBIs.
The T-Bones, however couldn’t escape the big inning. Chris Squires (2-3) took the loss for Kansas City as he loaded the bases with two walks and a hit batter before allowing four hits in the sixth. Sioux City would score five runs against Squires and take a 9-6 lead. For good measure, the Explorers added three additional runs in the seventh against Jared Messer.
Kansas City’s offense got going early RBI hits from Erie and T.J. Mittelstaedt in the second inning. The T-Bones added two more runs in the third on a two-out, two-run single from Nick Schwaner that scored Ray Sadler and Danny Richar, and extended Kansas City’s lead to 4-0.
The T-Bones (27-30) look to rebound Tuesday night against Sioux City (25-32) with a 7:05 first pitch from Lewis and Clark Park. The game can be heard on 1660-AM or online at tbonesbaseball.com.