05/27/2011 10:51 PM -
The Kansas City T-Bones (7-7) dropped the first game of a three-game series against the St. Paul Saints (9-4), 14-9, on Friday night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.
With 3,716 on hand, the T-Bones took an early 2-0 lead against Jake Schmidt in the first inning on a two-run double by Ray Sadler. St. Paul answered with single runs against Mike Rocco (0-3) in the second and third innings to tie the game at two, and took a 5-2 lead with a three-run fifth that was highlighted by a two-run home run by Brandon Tripp.
Kansas City chased Schmidt in the bottom of the fifth, scoring one run on one hit and two errors. Schmidt allowed three runs, two earned, on nine hits over four and two-thirds innings.
Rocco got two quick outs to begin the sixth, but left after allowing two straight singles. Steven Stewart entered and surrendered an RBI single to former Royal Shane Costa to bring the score to 6-3. Jimmy Mojica drove in a run with his first of two triples on the night in the bottom of the sixth, and later scored on a single by Rico Washington to pull Kansas City within one, 6-5.
Rocco suffered the loss after allowing six runs on 10 hits over five and two-thirds innings.
Alberto Rolon entered for St. Paul with one out in the sixth, and eventually earned the victory after giving the Saints one and two-thirds scoreless innings of relief.
Richard Mercado drove in two runs for St. Paul in the seventh and Tripp added a two-run double with one out in the eighth to force Stewart from the game. Ryan Hook entered and surrendered a two-run home run to Jonathan Van Every to push the score to 12-5.
Sadler answered for Kansas City in the bottom of the eighth with a three-run home run. He finished the night three-for-five with five RBI to pace the T-Bones offense.
St. Paul scored their final two runs against Rusty Jones in the top of the ninth, and the T-Bones capped the score at 14-9 on a solo home run by Jonathan Jaspe in the bottom of the inning.
The two teams combined for 37 hits in the contest, with 16 of the 18 starters collecting at least one hit. Eight of the Saints nine starters drove in at least one run and every Saint collected at least one hit. Costa led the St. Paul attack with a five-for-six performance, collecting three doubles and two RBI in the game.
Ryne Reynoso (2-0, 3.46) takes the mound for Kansas City Saturday night opposite Matt Long (1-1, 4.96) and the Saints. First pitch is set for 7:05. Stay after the game for the Post-Game Fireworks show presented by Verizon. Call 913-328-5618 or visit www.tbonesbaseball.com to secure your seats today.