06/23/2010 1:45 PM -
The Kansas City T-Bones (20-13) connected for four home runs in support of Andrew Cruse (4-2) to take the rubber match of a three-game set against the Lake County Fielders (11-19), 17-4, in front of 5,085 Wednesday afternoon at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.
Lake County opened the scoring in the second off Cruse on a solo home run by Cody Strait, his first of three on the night. The T-Bones answered in the bottom half of the inning against Zach Ward (1-5) with a two-run double by Eladio Rodriguez, giving Kansas City a 2-1 lead.
The T-Bones extended their lead in the third on an RBI groundout by Rico Washington and a two-run home run by Ray Sadler. The Fielders cut into the lead in the fourth on the second home run of the game by Strait. The two-run shot cut the T-Bones lead to 5-3.
Jacob Blackwood added a solo home run in the fifth, and Sadler also drove in a run in the inning with a single. Brian Joynt added a sacrifice fly, giving the T-Bones an 8-3 lead after five. Sadler’s single chased Ward, who surrendered eight runs on nine hits in the loss.
Kansas City added to their lead in the seventh, scoring five runs, highlighted by a three-run home run from Jimmy Mojica. Jim Fasano and Dwayne White also picked up RBI singles in the inning, extending the lead to 13-3.
Cruse gave way to the bullpen following the seventh, surrendering three runs on five hits while walking two and striking out seven in the win. Erik Hamren pitched the eighth, allowing an RBI double to Joshua Short, bringing the score to 13-4.
Fasano hit a three-run home run in the eighth to highlight a four-run inning, increasing Kansas City’s lead to 17-4. Strait’s third home run of the game, a solo shot off Drew Graham, capped the scoring. Graham worked the ninth and allowed just the home run, securing a 6-4 homestand for Kansas City.
Kansas City begins an eight-game road trip tomorrow night, starting with a four-game series against the Joliet JackHammers. Kansas City sends left-hander Reid Santos (1-3, 6.54 ERA) opposite left-hander Devin Anderson (1-1, 5.79 ERA). Catch all the action through streaming webcast at www.tbonesbaseball.com or on the radio at KXTR 1660 AM.