08/09/2003 9:33 AM - Mike Figga and Jeremy Smith both drove in two runs each in Sioux Citys 7-2 win over the T-Bones Saturday night. Nate Sevier took his fifth loss of the season in a game that snapped Kansas Citys three game winning streak.
Sevier (5-5) made his first start at home since June 28 against Gary when he allowed seven runs in six innings. Unfortunately for Sevier and the T-Bones, his performance more resembled that outing than his last start. In seven and two-thirds innings at Fargo on August 3, Sevier allowed only two runs on ten hits. On this night he would allow five runs on seven hits in five innings of work.
The Explorers jumped out to an early lead in the second inning when Justin Carroll doubled home John Cotton with two outs to make the score 1-0. Sioux City would get two runs in each of the next two innings to make the score 5-0. Those innings were highlighted by Mike Figgas fifth home run of the season, a two run shot to left field that scored John Cotton.
The T-Bones could manage only two runs off of Sioux City starter Adam Springston (4-4). One of those runs came in the bottom of the fourth inning. The T-Bones loaded the bases with nobody out but only managed to score one run on Rodney Cliftons double play ground out. Springston then got Ray Brown to ground out to second base to end the threat. The T-Bones only other run came off of the bat of Clifton as well. His single in the sixth scored Rick Prieto to make the score 5-2.
That score, however, would be as close as the T-Bones would come. The Explorers bullpen pitched three and two-thirds innings of scoreless baseball, allowing only one hit, to close the door on Kansas City. John Rohlfing pitched the final two innings, getting Chad Shindle on a fly out to right field to end the game.
The T-Bones look to bounce back tomorrow night in the final game of the three game series. Jon McDonald takes the hill for the T-Bones looking for his first win with Kansas City. Ralph McCasland gets the call for the Explorers in his third appearance against the T-Bones. The Sunday afternoon game will begin at 5:05 p.m.