05/20/2009 10:48 PM -
The Kansas City T-Bones completed their first sweep since May 19-21, 2008 with an 8-6 win over the Schaumburg Flyers at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.
The Flyers greeted Chris Rhoads and the 4,023 fans in attendance with back-to-back first-inning doubles by Jose Valdez and Vince Harrison to take an early lead, 1-0. An RBI single by Julius Thames extended their lead to two in the second before the T-Bones responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Schaumburg starter Steve Shippey surrendered three hits in the frame, including an RBI single by Ryan Fox and a two-run single from Aharon Eggleston.
With the help of a double play, Rhoads faced the minimum over his next three innings before surrendering a double to Valdez to begin the sixth. Valdez would later score on a groundout by Jason Colson to tie the game at three. Rhoads left with two on and two out in the seventh, giving way to Weston Curles who struck out Valdez to end the threat.
Rhoads allowed three runs on five hits over his six and two-thirds innings. Shippey left after four innings having surrendered three runs on six hits while striking out eight. Neither would factor into the decision.
Kris Jiggits entered for Schaumburg in the seventh and quickly surrendered a home run to the first batter, Jim Fasano. The Flyers got their first three batters on in the eighth, including an RBI single by Felix Jose to tie the game at four. Following a strikeout from Curles, Travis Brown gave Schaumburg the lead with a sacrifice fly off Todd Moser. Thames then reached safely with an infield single, but an errant throw by Damian Rolls allowed Jose to score, pushing the Flyers lead to 6-4.
The T-Bones continued to battle, loading the bases off Jiggits with two outs in the bottom of the eighth. Garrett Rieck entered and hit the only batter he faced, Fasano, to force in the first run of a four-run frame. Jeff Dunbar relieved Rieck and walked Correll to force in the tying run. Ken Harvey (pictured) capped off the inning with a two-run single, but ended the frame trying to stretch it into a double as the T-Bones moved ahead, 8-4.
David Trahan threw a perfect ninth, including two strikeouts for his first save of the season. Moser earned the victory while Jiggits suffered the loss. Aaron Eggleston went five-for-five with two RBI to pace Kansas City.
The T-Bones travel tomorrow before beginning their first road trip of the season with a three-game series against the Winnipeg Goldeyes on Friday. Luis Villarreal is scheduled to pitch for Kansas City against a pitcher to be determined. First pitch is set for 7:00.