05/22/2005 8:04 PM - Click here to view the box score.
Behind a strong seven inning performance from starting pitcher Jon McDonald and with the support of three solo home runs, the T-Bones outmuscled the Edmonton Cracker-Cats, 5-2 Sunday afternoon at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. The T-Bones won the opening series two games to one and have a 2-1 record overall.
In the first, Chad Sosebee gave the 4,208 fans something to cheer about with a solo bomb to center giving KC a 1-0 advantage. Two batters later, slugger Eddie Pearson followed up Sosebee's act with a one out dinger giving him his second home run of the season and the team a 2-0 edge.
McDonald took the lead and never looked back. After striking out the side in the first, the Florida State alum allowed only three hits over the next six innings. The third year T-Bone pitcher flustered Cracker-Cat batters with his armament of fastballs, curves and changeups. McDonald totaled eight strikeouts for the contest and allowed only two walks. The righty's performance comes on the heels of veteran Greg Bicknell's outing from the night before when he allowed just one run and struck out eight over seven innings, also resulting in a T-Bone victory.
Cody Nowlin made his first hit in 2005 a memorable one. The right fielder hit a two-out solo home run in the fourth and wasn't done after that. Nowlin singled in the sixth driving in Mike Brown from second and extending the KC lead to 5-0. The two runs batted in were a team high on the day.
McDonald was relieved by submarine relief pitcher Adam Clay, who made his second appearance of the season. The shutout was intact with two outs in the ninth before Clay allowed a walk and then surrendered a two-out shot to left fielder Darin Kinsolving. He quickly recovered by striking out DH Dan Marshall to end the game.
The T-Bones will leave town on a seven game road trip that begins Monday. The T-Bones will start with four games in Joliet, Ill. against the Jackhammers and finish up with a three game set against defending the Northern League champs St. Paul Saints. The three game weekend series drew 16,920 fans to CommunityAmerica Ballpark.