07/29/2006 9:36 PM - GARY, Ind. The T-Bones (30-33, 8-7) erased a 5-1 deficit with a five-run eighth inning on their way to a 7-5 win over the Gary SouthShore RailCats (30-33, 6-9) in front of 4,505 fans Saturday night at US Steel Yard.
For the second-straight game, the T-Bones struck first, taking a 1-0 first inning lead when J.D. Foust, who opened the game with a single to left field, scored on a sacrifice fly ball by Greg Jacobs. Darryl Lawhorn also notched a base hit in the inning, but was unable to advance beyond first base.
Just as they did in Fridays series opener, however, Gary responded in the following inning. The RailCats took advantage of two T-Bones errors, a hit, and three walks to plate two runs and held a 2-1 lead after two complete innings of play.
Gary added two more runs in the sixth on a Tanner Townsend home run which also allowed Kevin White to score after reaching base on a single to center field. After six complete, Gary held a 5-1 lead.
Kansas City finally found the offensive results they were looking for in the eighth inning, plating five runs on five hits to regain lead. Foust led the inning off with a double to centerfield, then scored two batters later when Jacobs notched a single. A double by Eddie Pearson scored both Jacobs and Lawhorn, who singled as the innings second batter. T-Bones catcher Craig Hurba took matters into his own hands giving his team a one run lead by hitting his 12th homer of the season, a two-run shot that also allowed Pearson to score. The home run gave the T-Bones the upper hand as they led 6-5 going into the bottom of the eighth.
The T-Bones avoided a potentially dangerous situation in the bottom of the eighth. Kansas City put three RailCats on base with walks before Jermaine Allensworth hit into a fielders choice to end the RailCats rally and the inning.
Lawhorn gave the T-Bones an insurance run in the top of the ninth with his fifth home run of the season, a solo shot that gave Kansas City a 7-5 lead going into the bottom of the ninth. The RailCats were not going down without a fight, however. After watching their first two batters come up empty, Kansas Citys Byron Embry walked Steve Haake, then gave up a ground rule double to Chris Curry, but Haake was held up at third base. Embry then struckout Alex Taylor to end the game.
T-Bones starter Hank Woodman became the first pitcher in the last five games to make it out of the fifth inning. Woodman pitched 5.2 innings allowing five runs, four of which were earned, on six hits. The veteran pitcher struckout five RailCats and walked four. Buddy Blair (3-7) picked up the win with short 1.1 inning performance in which he held the RailCats hitless while walking one and striking one out. Embry pitched 1.1 innings as he picked up his 14th save of the season.
The T-Bones and RailCats will conclude their series Sunday. Greg Bicknell (5-8, 4.09) will toe the rubber for Kansas City while Jason Shelley (7-5, 3.95) will do the honors for Gary. Game time is slated for 2:00 p.m. at US Steelyard in Gary.