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T-Bones drop two to Lemurs

Starter Andy Noga gave up six hits and five runs (four earned) in the T-Bones loss to Laredo on Saturday. (File photo by Matthew Hicks.)
08/09/2014 10:37 PM -

LAREDO, Texas – After taking a suspended game from Kansas City earlier in the evening, the Laredo Lemurs completed a Saturday sweep over the T-Bones with a 13-5 win in the nightcap at Uni-Trade Stadium.

With Kansas City leading 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth, Laredo took advantage of a walk, an error and a three-run home run by Travis Denker off Kansas City starter Andy Noga (2-4), and never looked back. Laredo broke the game open with a seven-run eighth inning, with all runs charged to Kansas City relief pitcher Hamilton Bennett.

The game started with a bang, as the T-Bones struck for two runs in the top of the first, getting hits from T.J. Mittelstaedt, Danny Richar and Matt Padgett that gave Kansas City an early 2-0 lead. Mittelstaedt, Richar, Padgett and Ray Sadler each ended the game with two hits. Bryan Sabatella led the way with three of Kansas City’s 12 hits.

The Lemurs got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second on a solo home run by former T-Bones infielder Devin Goodwin, who had two hits, two RBIs and scored two runs. The Lemurs would tie the game in the fourth on an RBI double from JP Ramirez against Noga.

Kansas City took its last lead of the night in the next frame, when Padgett’s sacrifice fly scored Richar and gave the T-Bones a 3-2 lead in the top of the fifth.

Earlier Saturday, in the conclusion of Friday night’s game, which was suspended shortly after midnight because of the American Association’s curfew rule in a 9-9 tie after 10 innings, the Lemurs scored the winning run on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Nick Van Stratten, who finished the game with five hits and three RBIs. Kansas City closer Kris Regas (6-2), who failed to hold the lead Friday night by giving up two runs in the bottom of the ninth, gave up the winning run in the 10th on Saturday. During the game, Padgett homered for the 200th time in his career, and for the first time this year with Kansas City.

With the two losses, for the second time this season Kansas City has dropped four in a row and, at 36-41, is five games below .500 for the first time this year. The T-Bones and Lemurs (44-32) are scheduled to play game three of the four-game series Sunday night at 7:30. That game can be heard on 1660-AM in Kansas City or online at tbonesbaseball.com.