05/07/2006 4:46 PM - Just as they did in the opening game of their exhibition series with Fargo-Moorhead on Saturday, the Kansas City T-Bones used timely hitting and solid pitching to hold off the visiting RedHawks and earn a 5-4 victory and two-game sweep Sunday afternoon at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.
Kansas City put the first run of the game on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning, when Drew Moffitt doubled with two out, then came home on Craig Hurbas single to centerfield.
The RedHawks quickly countered in the top of the fifth, when Brent Krause came through with the second of his three hits on the day- a two-out single off of T-Bone hurler Benjamin Smiths leg- to score Graig Badger.
After retiring the first two T-Bone hitters in the sixth inning, RedHawks left-hander Mike Peschel walked Gabby Delgado to set the table for another Kansas City scoring opportunity. Greg Jacobs would make him pay, blasting an opposite-field home run to stake the home club to a 3-1 lead.
In the top of the eighth, Fargo-Moorhead once again came up with a clutch two-out hit, this time from Ryan Priddy, to even the score at 3-3.
The T-Bones responded with a rally of their own in the bottom half of the eighth. After Matt Tribble and Stephen Holdren walked to start the inning, Charles Peterson lined Todd Georges first pitch to deep centerfield for a two-run double that would prove to be the difference maker, as Caleb Balbuena surrendered a run in the top of the ninth before coaxing a game-clinching ground out from Brad Vericker with the tying run on second base to earn the save.
As he did in the opening game of the series on Saturday, T-Bones Manager Dirty Al Gallagher used a different pitcher in each frame, with right-hander Brian Beuning picking up the victory. T-Bone fans should have plenty to be optimistic about as their club never trailed in the two-game series.
Peterson, who hit a two-run homer on Saturday, had two hits on the day and went 3-for-6 with four RBI in the series. Jacobs also starred for Kansas City, doubling twice Saturday night to go along with his two-run homer in the second game.
The two clubs will meet for another two-game exhibition series in Fargo this Thursday and Friday. Kansas City will open the regular season on May 18th at Schaumburg before returning to CommunityAmerica Ballpark for its May 23rd home opener versus the Joliet JackHammers.