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Pearson Nearly Misses Cycle In 7-4 Victory

08/11/2003 9:35 AM - Eddie Pearson extended his home hitting streak to eleven games and missed the cycle by a double in Kansas City’s 7-4 win over Sioux Falls. Pearson’s bid for the cycle fell into the glove of center fielder Tyrone Pendergrass in the bottom of the eighth inning as he ran down the potential extra base hit.

Pearson once again proved why he is arguably the best hitter in the league and a legitimate triple crown candidate. He opened the night with a home run to right field in the first inning off of Canaries starter Nathan Bright (0-2). That hit scored Chris LePine and gave the T-Bones an early 2-1 advantage. Bright would pitch five innings and allow four runs on five hits and four walks.

Pearson would then hit his first triple of the season in the third inning. Pendergrass overran his deep fly ball to center and Pearson reached third after the ball bounced around in the outfield. LePine would score on the play for Pearson’s third RBI on the evening. LePine also had a big day offensively by going two-for-three with three runs scored out of the leadoff spot.

Kansas City got another solid performance out of starting pitcher Tony Bacci. Bacci (5-6) picked up his fifth win of the season by allowing only three earned runs in eight innings of work. The night marked his tenth consecutive outing with six innings pitched or more.

The game saw some craziness in the bottom of the eighth inning. With the score at 5-4, Bao Vinh opened with his second hit of the evening and was pinch ran for by Skip Adams. Chris LePine was the next batter and attempted a sacrifice bunt. Third baseman Ron Bush threw the ball into right field, allowing Adams to advance to third. Adams was then awarded home plate when it was determined that catcher Danny Pinkerton interfered with the play. LePine would also score in the inning to make it 7-4.

D.J. Johnson came in the game in the ninth inning and recorded the final three outs for his fifteenth save of the season. The win pushes the T-Bones record to 5-2 on this homestand with three games remaining. The second game of the series will take place tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. Erik Grunwald takes the mound for Kansas City looking for his fifth win of the season.