07/02/2006 6:30 PM - EDMONTON The Edmonton Cracker-Cats (19-23) outlasted the T-Bones (19-23) in a slugfest for the second time in three games Sunday afternoon to take the rubber match of the clubs three-game series, 14-8 before a crowd of 1,009 at TELUS Field.
After Edmonton took the early lead in the bottom of the first on Terrence McClains two-run double, the T-Bones jumped right back into the contest with three runs of their own in the second inning, highlighted by Chad Sosebees two-run double. Jesse Acosta added an RBI single to bring home Sosebee, and the T-Bones looked to be in business.
The lead would be short-lived, though, as Edmonton struck for seven runs in the bottom of the frame to take a commanding 9-3 lead. Greg Morrison and Derek Patterson each delivered two-run singles, and Charlie Lisk drove home two runs with a triple off reliever Eric Ebers to give the home team a six-run advantage.
Kansas City chipped away at the lead, scoring four times in the third, as Pat Magness run-scoring single drove home Brandon Jones for the T-Bones first run of the inning. Craig Hurba followed with a three-run homer to cut the deficit to 9-7. In the fourth, Sosebee tripled and scored on Acostas sacrifice-fly to bring KC to within a single run.
The T-Bones were primed to tie the game or take the lead with one-out and the bases loaded in the fifth, but James Beever grounded into a 6-3 double-play to end the scoring threat.
The Cracker-Cats continued adding to their advantage, scoring a pair of runs in the fifth- one on a Morrison fielders choice and another on McClains second RBI-double of the day. After adding another run in the seventh, Edmonton put the game away for good in the eighth on RBI-singles by Lisk and Chris Becker.
Buddy Blair (1-6) took the loss for Kansas City after surrendering nine runs on six hits and three walks in just an inning and two-thirds. Jim Harrison (1-1) was credited with the win for Edmonton.
After a travel day Monday, the T-Bones will begin a three-game series in Joliet Tuesday evening. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. from Silver Cross Field. Be sure to catch all the action on The Light 1030 AM or live on the web at www.tbonesbaseball.com.
Game Notes: Charles Peterson saw his on-base streak end at 15 consecutive games Sunday Eddie Pearson posted his 13th multi-hit game on Sunday, going 3-for-5.