Behind three two-run home runs and a solid pitching performance by starter Brian Grening, the T-Bones completed a three-game sweep of the Grand Prairie AirHogs, 9-1, Sunday evening at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.
A two-run home run by Brandon Jones in the first inning to right field gave the T-Bones a quick 2-0 lead. The T-Bones added a run after Devin Goodwin drew a bases-loaded walk.
By the end of the day, the T-Bones pounded 13 hits and got two-run homers, also, by Adam De La Garza – making his T-Bones debut – in the sixth and Goodwin in the seventh. Jones and Lee Cruz each went three for five for Kansas City.
“I thought it was a combination of their guy struggling command wise and our guys came out hot,” said manager Kenny Hook. “When you’re in a hitter’s count you kind of know that the fastball is coming. We put some good swings on it and it was nice to get out to an early lead.”
AirHogs centerfielder Keanon Simon, a former T-Bones player, continued his hot hitting as he launched a solo home run to right field in the top of the third that cut the AirHogs deficit to 3-1.
Kansas City starter Brian Grening went seven solid innings, striking out seven and giving up only four hits. Prior to a single in the top of the sixth, Grening had retired nine straight AirHogs.
Kansas City (38-31) is off Monday before hosting Winnipeg (39-28) for a three-game series on Tuesday night. First pitch at CommunityAmerica Ballpark is scheduled for 7:05. To purchase tickets, call 913-328-5618.