08/27/2017 12:57 AM -
GARY, IN – It was déjà vu all over again for the Kansas City T-Bones who followed up their Friday night win 8-0 over the Gary SouthShore RailCats with another win by the identical score of 8-0 Saturday night at US Steel Yard. Just like Friday night, the script was the same with a starting pitcher setting the tone with a quality start-- this time Matt Sergey and the offense producing, and the pen doing the rest.
The two teams were scoreless after one inning, but in the top of the second the T-Bones got rolling. Niko Vasquez hit a two-run home run off Kevin McKenzie to make it 2-0. The T-Bones added to it the lead in the top of the third when Cedric Hunter and Marcus Lemon each singled and Kevin Keyes walked to load the bases off McKenzie. A passed ball charged to the catcher Gimenez scored Hunter, and a throwing error over the head of Any DeJesus at the third by Gimenez scored two more T-Bones, and the lead was 5-0.
Kansas City would grab a fifth inning run on sac fly from Paul Hendrix, who delivered again in the seventh with another sac fly to increase the lead to 7-0. In the seventh, Chantz Mack added an RBI single to make it 8-0 Kansas City.
Sergey would be done after seven, so the bull pen repeated the Friday performance with Myles Smith working a 1-2-3 eighth and Jeff Walters tossing a scoreless ninth. The win was the 900th win for Manager Joe Calfapietra, and with 52 wins the team reached the second highest win total in franchise history.
The win pushed Kansas City a game ahead of Gary and Fargo in the American Association Wild Card race. The two teams will play Sunday afternoon at 2:10 pm in Gary with LHP Billy Waltrip (0-2, 19.64) going for Kansas City and LHP Alex Gunn (7-5, 3.54) taking the ball for Gary. The game can be heard on the T-Bones Broadcast Network.
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