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Bullpen Stellar in Support of T-Bones Rally

08/08/2009 10:36 PM -

Seven Kansas City T-Bones (34-42) had multi-hit games as they erased an early deficit to defeat the Gary SouthShore RailCats (45-31), 10-7, in front of 6,460 at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.

The T-Bones took a 2-0 lead against Chris Jones in the first on two hits and three RailCat errors.  Both runs were unearned off the right-hander, the first scoring on a throwing error by the first baseman.  Craig Hurba drove in the second run with an RBI single.

Gary responded with seven runs in the second inning off Ryan Knippschild, plating the first two on a home run by Cristian Guerrero.  An RBI single by Jordan Czarniecki and two-run single by Eric McNamee pushed the score to 5-2 before an RBI single by Steve Haake and bases-loaded walk by Jeff Beachum capped off the frame.  Gary sent 13 batters to the plate in the inning while Haake and Guerrero each had two hits in the frame.

Knippschild left after surrendering two hits and a sacrifice bunt in the third.  He allowed seven runs on eleven hits through two and one-third innings.

Cody McAllister (6-3) entered for Knippschild and retired the first two batters he faced to end the inning.  The right-hander allowed just one hit over three and two-thirds scoreless innings to earn the victory.

With two outs in the second, Damian Rolls and Greg Jacobs hit back-to-back solo home runs to cut the RailCats lead to three.  Aharon Eggleston added an RBI single in the third to pull the T-Bones within two, and Hurba tied the game with a two-run single in the fifth.  Jones left the game after surrendering seven runs, five earned, on 13 hits through four and two-thirds innings.

Neither starter factored into the decision.  Eggleston’s single in the third extended his on-base streak to 35 games.

Ryan Fox gave the T-Bones a 9-7 lead in the sixth with a two-run shot off Tristan Facer (0-2), his 20th home run of the season.  Facer suffered the loss after allowing two runs on two hits over one and one-thirds innings.  Jacobs added an RBI single off Kyle Heyne in the eighth to cap the scoring at 10-7.

Justin James and Daniel Sattler each threw one scoreless inning before Nate Cotton secured the victory with a perfect ninth, earning his eighth save of the season.  In the victory, Kansas City set a new team record for players left on base with 17 in the contest.

Chris Rhoads (5-3, 5.70) will take the mound for Kansas City tomorrow night against Garret Holleran (2-2, 2.61) and the RailCats.  First pitch is set for 5:05.  Single-game tickets for the T-Bones start at just $6.  For more information, call 913-328-5618 or visit www.tbonesbaseball.com