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T-Bones Use Long Ball to Blast Vipers, 10-5

07/22/2006 10:32 PM - KANSAS CITY – The T-Bones (27-30, 5-4) got five runs from middle-inning home runs by Greg Jacobs and Darryl Lawhorn in a 10-5 victory over the Calgary Vipers (24-33, 5-4) before 7,426 fans, a 2006 Saturday best crowd, at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.

The T-Bones started the game by plating two runs on three hits and a Calgary error in the bottom of the opening frame. After hitting a leadoff single, J.D. Foust scored from third when an attempted pickoff throw by Viper starter Ryan Jamison missed its mark. Greg Jacobs, who reached base with a single of his own, advanced to second on the throwing error, then scored on a sacrifice fly to deep centerfield by Kyle Nichols.

Calgary responded in the third inning when Sam Rosario opened the inning with a double to left field, then scored on a groundout to second by Manabu Kuramochi, but the T-Bones struck right back. Jacobs and Nichols spelled trouble for the Vipers once again, as Jacobs scored on a single to centerfield by Nichols, giving the T-Bones a 3-1 edge after three complete innings.

The Vipers showed their fangs in the fourth, notching two triples, a single and a walk to score three runs, which gave them a 4-3 lead going into the bottom of the fourth. In classic see-saw fashion, however, the T-Bones bounced right back in their half of the fourth. Doug Dreher put himself on base with a single to centerfield only to be hit home three batters later when Jacobs hit his 11th home run of the season, a two-run shot that gave Kansas City a 5-4 edge.

The T-Bones turned to the long ball once again in the fifth inning as Lawhorn lofted a three-run shot off of Viper reliever Jason Glosser that scored Nichols and Craig Hurba, and extended the T-Bones lead to 8-4. Kansas City added a run in the sixth when Eddie Pearson scored on a deep single by Hurba, and scored once in the eighth when Jacobs scored his fourth run of the game on a groundout by Pearson, giving the T-Bones the 10-5 margin they would go on to win by.

Jonathan Krysa went 6 2/3 innings on his way to his eighth win of the season. The T-Bones starter gave up five runs, all earned, on seven hits while striking out five and walking three. Byron Embry struck out three of the four batters he faced in 1.1 innings of work to pick up his 13th save of the season.

The two clubs will meet once more Sunday as they wrap up their four-game series with a 5:05 p.m. game at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. The Vipers will let Scott Sarver (0-1, 10.80) start his second game of the season while the T-Bones will announce their starter Sunday afternoon.

W- Krysa (8-2), L- Jamison (0-1), S- Embry (13)
Home Runs: Jacobs (11), Lawhorn (4)
Attendance: 7,426, Time: 3:01

Game Notes: With a second inning single, Doug Dreher extended his hit streak to 18 games, and now holds the longest hit streak in club history, breaking the former record shared by Ray Brown and Rick Prieto.

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