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Kansas City Extends Division Lead with 9-5 Victory

08/18/2007 9:48 PM -

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The Kansas City T-Bones used a four-run seventh inning to extend their lead over the Schaumburg Flyers in the South Division to four games, defeating their rivals 9-5 in front of 7,069 fans tonight at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.

The T-Bones took a 1-0 lead in the second inning off Flyers starter Drew Dickinson, scoring first on an RBI single by Patrick Arlis that plated Al Benjamin.  Benjamin led off the frame with his 16th double of the season.

A ground-rule double by rookie Nick Jaros scored Neb Brown (pictured) in the fourth, extending Kansas City’s lead to two.

Schaumburg answered off T-Bones starter Chris Krawczyk in the fifth, pulling within one on a solo home run from Bryce Morrison, his first of the season.  But Kansas City answered with a three-run bottom of the inning on a two-out, three-run home run from Brown, pushing their lead to four, 5-1.

The Flyers scored another run in the sixth, the last inning Krawczyk would pitch as he earned the victory after allowing two runs on five hits while striking out five and walking two.

With the score 5-2, Jack Toohey came in for Dickinson and surrendered a solo home run to Benjamin to lead off the inning.  The right-hander allowed the next four batters to reach safely, walking Jaros to push in the second run of the frame, before striking out Nelson Gord for the first out.  Toohey hit Geoff McCallum with a pitch to force in another run before giving way to Justin Robinson.  Robinson suffered an injury while warming up, forcing the Flyers to bring in Brandon Culp who surrendered an RBI single to Rob Watson before getting the next two batters.  When the four-run inning was over, Kansas City held a 9-2 advantage.  Dickinson suffered the loss, allowing five runs on nine hits in six innings.  Toohey was charged with four runs on two hits in just one-third of an inning.

Schaumburg scored three runs in the eighth off Raymond Jenkins to pull within four.  Jenkins entered for Krawczyk to start the seventh and gave way to Danny Core in the ninth after allowing three runs on three hits in two innings.  Core threw a perfect ninth, striking out two to finish the game.

Benjamin fell a triple short of the cycle, going three-for-five with an RBI in the contest.

Dan Jackson takes the hill tomorrow as Kansas City goes for the sweep.  Billy Keppinger goes for Schaumburg.  First pitch is scheduled for 5:05.

Game Notes:  Rob Watson and Calvin Pickering extended their on-base streaks again, each reaching safely in the contest.  Watson extended his home on-base streak to 42 games and his overall on-base streak to 30.  Pickering’s overall on-base streak now sits at 31 games and his home on-base streak is at 28…Jimmy Hurst extended his hitting streak to 16 games, the longest active streak in the league…The T-Bones improved to 8-1 against the Flyers at home this season, outscoring Schaumburg 83-46 in those contests.  They have won seven straight against Schaumburg at CommunityAmerica Ballpark…The T-Bones have yet to score under five runs against Schaumburg at home this season, plating an average of 9.25 runs per game in that span.