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T-Bones Take Series with 7-3 Finale

07/26/2009 8:40 PM -

Game recap provided by the Joliet JackHammers media department.

The Kansas City T-Bones (28-34) scored three runs in the 1st inning to secure an early lead they used to cruise to a 7-3 win over the Joliet JackHammers (24-40) before 4,889 fans at Silver Cross Field on Sunday night.

The Kansas City T-Bones secured an early lead with three runs in the 1st inning against Joliet LHP Ryan Gehring (3-7). 2B Aharon Eggleston (2-4) led off the game with a double. 1B Damian Rolls (1-5) grounded out and RF Greg Jacobs (3-4) singled Eggleston to third base. A walk to C Craig Hurba (1-4) loaded the bases for 2B Neb Brown (1-5), who lined out to second base. 

LF Ryan Fox (1-5) smacked a two-run single to score Eggleston and Jacobs. DH Jim Fasano (2-4) hit a single to score Hurba for a 3-0 Kansas City lead.

The T-Bones added a single run in the 5th inning. 3B Jacob Blackwood (2-4) singled and moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by SS Jeff Helps (1-2). A single by Eggleston scored Blackwood from second base for a 4-0 lead.

The JackHammers scored their first run of the game in the 4th inning. LF Brad Correll (2-4) led off the inning with a single and moved to second base on a wild pitch issued by Kansas City LHP Luis Villarreal (4-3) A wild pitch moved Correll to second base. DH Kyle Nichols (0-3) flew out to left field. A single by RF Joe Gaetti (2-4) scored Correll to get Joliet on the board at 4-1.

Joliet tacked on another run in the 5th inning. C Tug Gillingham (1-3) hit a one-out single and moved to second base on a groundout by SS Kevin Rios (0-5). CF Adam Klein (3-5) smacked a double to plate Gillingham and get the JackHammers within two runs at 4-2.

Kansas City scored three runs in the 9th inning to take a commanding 7-2 lead. Helps led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch. Eggleston laid down a sacrifice bunt and advanced to second base on a throwing error. Helps ended up at third base at the end of the play and the T-Bones had runners at second and third with no outs for Rolls. After a groundout by the Kansas City first baseman, Jacobs singled home Helps.

Brown finished the inning with a two-run single to score both Eggleston and Jacobs for the five-run Kansas City lead.

Joliet 3B Andrew Pinckney (1-3) smacked his 12th home run of the season in the 9th inning to finish the scoring at 7-3.

Gehring suffered the loss by allowing four runs on 11 hits in six innings.

The Northern League has a full off-day tomorrow before action picks up again on Tuesday.  Kansas City returns home for a homestand against the top two teams in the league, the Winnipeg Goldeyes and the Gary SouthShore RailCats.  The Goldeyes enter first to complete two suspended games and play three regularly scheduled contests.  On Tuesday, the two teams will finish a game from June 23 that is tied at four with one out in the top of the 11th.  That game will start at 7:05 and will be followed by the regularly scheduled contest.  To stay up-to-date with the details regarding the upcoming homestand, visit www.tbonesbaseball.com .  For tickets to the remainder of the 2009 regular season games at CommunityAmerica Ballpark, call 913-328-5618.