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T-Bones offensive surge continues

Joe Rapp hit a three-run home run in the fifth in Tuesday night's game. (Photo by John Ellis.).
06/09/2015 10:10 PM -

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The Kansas City T-Bones continue to stay hot offensively as they defeated the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, 9-5, at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in front of 10,143 fans Tuesday night.

The T-Bones, who have scored at least eight runs in five of their last seven games, were able to get off to a good start in the second inning behind Ryan Cavan’s RBI single to left field that scored Joe Rapp, who reached base on a single to left field. Later in the inning, the T-Bones loaded the bases with two outs, but Nate Tenbrink grounded out to second baseman Frank Salerno, but the T-Bones led 1-0.

The RedHawks answered in the top of the third inning as Chad Mozingo hit a single to centerfield that scored Frank Salerno from second base and tied the game 1-1.

Kansas City’s offense came alive again in the fifth inning. The first two batters reached, as Kyle Robinson led off the inning with a single and Adam Bailey blooped a base hit to left. Two batters later, Rapp launched a three-run home run to right against Fargo relief pitcher Bryan Blough that gave the T-Bones a 4-1 lead. Rapp was one of five T-Bones with at least two hits, led by Cavan and Robinson, who each had three.

In the sixth, Kansas City added two insurance runs as Bailey hit a triple down the right field line that scored Tenbrink, who walked earlier in the inning. The next batter, Robby Kuzdale, hit a double to right field that scored Bailey and gave the T-Bones a 6-1 lead.

Kansas City starting pitcher Casey Barnes (2-1) gave up one earned run, five hits, three walks and struck out two batters in 6 total innings. Kansas City relief pitcher Jonathan Kountis allowed four runs in the eighth inning, allowing Fargo to cut into Kansas City’s lead.