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K.C. Bats Silent in 2-1 Setback

05/19/2006 10:24 PM - SCHAUMBURG Ill. - After an opening night offensive barrage which saw the T-Bones and Schaumburg Flyers combine for 17 runs, pitching was the name of the game Friday night at Alexian Field as the Flyers escaped with a 2-1 victory.

The T-Bones offense was clicking early, as Gabby Delgado singled in the first and came home on successive singles by Greg Jacobs and Eddie Pearson for a 1-0 Kansas City lead. However, as was the case in their 9-8 victory the previous night, the T-Bones offense withered in the later innings of the contest, as Schaumburg starter Raymond Jenkins cruised through his last six innings, facing just one batter over the minimum.

Schaumburg hitters fared even worse against T-Bones lefty Buddy Blair, who held the Flyers in check for most of his five innings of work. But a costly error by third baseman Brandon Jones permitted Rob Watson to reach base leading off the bottom of the fourth, and Jarrod Patterson made the T-Bones pay with an RBI triple to right-center to tie the game. Chris Weekly then brought home what would prove to be the winning run with a one-out grounder to second base.

In all, Jenkins (1-0) allowed four hits in his seven innings to pick up the victory, and Nate Cotton worked the ninth to earn the save. Schaumburg managed just two hits all night, handing Blair (0-1) the tough-luck loss despite allowing only the two unearned runs in the fourth inning.

Pearson lead the T-Bones on offense, going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Delgado also posted two hits, including a double, for Kansas City.

The four-game series will continue Saturday at 6:20 p.m. with Jonathan Krysa (0-0) taking the mound for the T-Bones against Schaumburg left-hander R.J. Swindle (0-0).