05/27/2005 10:29 PM - Click here to view the box score.
It was just like 2004. Thunder and Lightning - Eddie Pearson and Ray Brown - led the way for the Kansas City T-Bones, driving in seven runs between them in a 10-6 win over the St. Paul Saints in the series opener at Midway Stadium in St. Paul, Minn.
The T-Bones trailed 6-3 entering the seventh inning, but an error by Saints shortstop Chris Weber on a Chad Hill grounder left the door open for the T-Bones with two outs. Ray Brown then singled to center, driving in a run, which brought up Eddie Pearson. Pearson hammered a fastball from Saints reliever Adam Larson (L, 0-1) over the right-center field fence for a three-run homer, his fourth of the season, giving Kansas City an 8-6 lead.
The T-Bones scored runs in each of the first three innings, with Hill scoring on a Ray Brown sacrifice fly in the first, Cody Nowlin smashing a solo shot to right in the second, and Rick Prieto scoring on a wild pitch in the third.
St. Paul scored four unearned runs in the sixth inning against T-Bones starter Jon McDonald, who walked in a run and left the bases loaded for reliever Joe Goodmann. Goodmann (W, 2-0) allowed a bases-clearing double to former T-Bone Chad Ehrnsberger, but would notch the win as the T-Bones scored in the ensuing half-inning.
J.C. Ortiz worked 1.1 scoreless innings of relief for the T-Bones, while Derek Forbes (S, 4) struck out the side in the ninth inning to earn his fourth save of the season in as many chances.
Notes: Pearson was intentionally walked in the third inning, the third time this season... Kansas City tied their season high with five runs in the seventh inning, the second time in two nights they have plated five in a frame... Ray Brown and Pearson accounted for seven runs driven in in the game... No strikeouts were recorded in the game until the bottom of the ninth inning... McDonald allowed six runs, only two of which were earned... for the first time this season, the T-Bones won when committing more than two errors... Chad Sosebee's hitting streak was stopped at a team-high six games...