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T-Bones Surrender Three in Ninth as Vipers Finish Sweep

06/21/2007 2:48 PM -

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- The Kansas City T-Bones took a lead into the ninth inning, but lost their third straight to the Calgary Vipers, 8-6 in front of 6,171 fans.

The Vipers got on the board quickly when Darryl Brinkley hit a home run off T-Bones starter Chris Krawczyk to start the game.  Krawczyk would surrender five runs on nine hits in six innings, but did not factor into the decision.

The T-Bones put up a pair in the bottom of the first when Rob Watson scored on a throwing error by Vipers catcher Kevin Price and Neb Brown scored on an RBI single from Calvin Pickering, giving Kansas City their first lead in the series, 2-1.

Calgary tied it up in the third when Manabu Kuramochi scored on a wild pitch and took the lead with a two-run fourth.

Mario Delgado started the bottom of the sixth with a solo home run off Calgary starter Kazu Minami, putting the T-Bones within two.  Minami would leave after allowing three runs on five hits in five and one-third innings in a no decision.  The T-Bones reclaimed the lead in the seventh off Calgary reliever Randy Waite courtesy of RBI doubles by Geoff McCallum and Rob Watson and an RBI single by Pickering.  Geoff Freeborn then entered to pitch two scoreless innings for the Vipers to pick up his second victory.

Travis Schlichting and Matt Schweitzer pitched scoreless seventh and eighth innings respectively before turning the game over to closer Dan Jackson (pictured) with a one-run lead.  Jackson struggled with his command, walking the bases loaded before a passed ball brought in Jason Colson to tie the game.  Jackson then surrendered a two-run double to Kevin Price that put the Vipers up 8-6.

Ryan Klatt pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for Calgary to earn his first save and complete the sweep for the Vipers.

Kansas City welcomes Fargo-Moorhead to town tomorrow for a three-game set.  First pitch is scheduled for 7:05.

Game Notes:  Aharon Eggleston extended his on-base streak to 17 games with a single in the second inning.  He is also sporting a 10-game hitting streak…Brinkley continued his hot hitting against Kansas City going three-for-four with a home run and an RBI in the contest.  Brinkley had three hits in every game of the series, going nine-for-15 (.600) with two doubles, three home runs and seven RBI in that span…The three runs allowed by Klatt were the only three surrendered by a Vipers reliever in the series (eight and one-third innings).