07/22/2005 10:20 PM - Click here to view the box score.
With eight strong innings of work, T-Bones starter Jon McDonald (W, 4-3) picked up his first win in four starts and gave his club its third win in eight second-half games. The Kansas City T-Bones routed the Schaumburg Flyers, 9-1, in front of 4,026 at Alexian Field in Schaumburg, Ill.
Kansas City scored three in the first inning and didn't look back. Eric Vega, batting ahead of Rick Prieto for the first time this season, singled to right and stole second to set the table; he would come in to score on a Greg Jacobs single. Jacobs, who had three hits on the night, would score on an error by second baseman Bryan Russo on a Brandon Jones grounder, one of three Flyer errors in the game.
The three Flyer miscues led to three unearned T-Bone runs, two in the first inning and a third in the top of the third when, after an error by Flyer third baseman Chris Weekly, Cody Nowlin scored on a wild pitch to give the T-Bones a 4-0 cushion.
Schaumburg plated their only run of the game in the bottom of the third inning when Geoff McCallum, who had advanced to second on a passed ball, scored on a Jarrod Patterson double to right-center. The Flyers mustered only five hits against McDonald and reliever Joe Goodmann.
Kansas City would add two in the sixth on a Ray Brown double to left that eluded a diving Patterson and allowed Jacobs and Prieto to score. After the departure of starter Rick DeHart (L, 1-7), two Schaumburg relievers each posted scoreless innings until the ninth, when Nigel Thatch - "Leon" of Budweiser fame - allowed three runs to the T-Bones on four hits, including a two-run double by Nowlin.
Prieto, Jacobs and Brown each had three hits in the game for the T-Bones, and Nowlin, Ray Brown and Mike Brown all drove in two runs in the winning effort for Kansas City.
Notes: Cody Nowlin extended his hitting streak to seven games... Sean Flynn hit his third pro triple, and first of the season, in the ninth inning... Rick Prieto, who had ten triples last season and is the all-time franchise leader, hit his third triple; with two more games, he will tie the franchise mark in that category and is just one at-bat away from that record.