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T-Bones Come Back To Win 7-6

08/06/2003 9:30 AM - Wednesday night’s game at CommunityAmerica Ballpark featured eight total errors by the two teams. Luckily for the T-Bones, Gary committed six of those errors, which led to three unearned runs in Kansas City’s 7-6 win over the RailCats.

For the second time in as many nights the scoring started early. Gary opened up the top of the first inning with a home run by Rene Pinto that scored two runs. The home run was Pinto’s third in two days as he homered twice in Tuesday night’s game, which put Gary up 2-0.

Kansas City would answer right back, however, as they managed three runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning. It was in the first inning that Gary committed their first error. Eddie Pearson hit what seemed to be a lazy fly ball into left field. Left fielder Luis Urueta came in only to see the ball glance off of his glove. Rodney Clifton took advantage of the error by smashing a two run double down the left field line that scored Kansas City’s first two runs of the game. Chad Shindle added a sacrifice fly to put the T-Bones up 3-2 after the first inning.

The bottom of the T-Bones lineup showed their power in the fourth inning when Jack Jones led off with his fifth homer of the season. Jones sent an 0-2 pitch from Gary starter Tim Byrdak down the right field line that hit the foul pole. Bao Vinh stepped up two batters later and hit his first homer of the season just to the left of where Jones’ home run hit. That gave Kansas City a 5-2 lead.

T-Bones starter Tony Bacci settled down after the first inning and would not run into trouble until he got two outs in the seventh inning. Bacci gave up two consecutive walks, followed by an RBI single to former T-Bone Sean Murphy. That drove Bacci from the game. He would be replaced by Jason Davis. Davis would not fare much better as he gave up three consecutive singles that scored a total of three runs that gave Gary a 6-5 lead.

The T-Bones came back in the bottom half of the inning thanks to some sloppy play by the RailCats. Brian Houdek came in to relieve starter Tim Byrdak. After Bao Vinh grounded out to begin the inning, Chris LePine reached on what would start a flurry of errors by the RailCats. After LePine found himself on third base with two outs, Houdek, (1-6), who took his sixth loss of the season, committed a balk that scored LePine with the tying run. Immediately after the balk Luis Urueta dropped his second fly ball of the game that allowed Rick Prieto to advance to third. Sean Murphy then committed the third and final error of the inning by Gary on a groundball by Chad Shindle that scored Prieto to give the T-Bones the 7-6 lead.

Davis (2-1), who earned his second victory of the season, was replaced by D.J. Johnson with two outs in the eighth inning. Johnson retired all four batters he faced to earn his thirteenth save of the season.

Tomorrow will be the final game of the season between these two teams. Whoever wins that game will not only win this series, but the season series as well. Erik Grunwald goes to the mound for the T-Bones and will be matched by Billy Coleman for the RailCats.