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Ka’aihue’s Blast Caps Off 11-Inning Victory Over Goldeyes

06/28/2011 11:01 PM -

Kala Ka’aihue connected for a solo home run in the bottom of the 11th inning to send the Kansas City T-Bones (18-25) home with an 8-7 victory over the Winnipeg Goldeyes (25-18) in front of 5,016 fans on Tuesday night.
 
Ka’aihue connected for his fifth home run of the season with one out and a 2-2 count against Winnipeg right-hander Jamie Vermilyea (1-2). Ka’aihue finished one-for-four with two RBI in the contest. Vermilyea took the loss after allowing two runs on three hits over two and one-thirds innings of relief.
 
Kansas City took a 2-0 lead against starter Isaac Hess in the bottom of the fourth, scoring the first on an RBI double by Jimmy Mojica. A sacrifice fly by Ka’aihue later drove in Mojica for the second run. Winnipeg answered with five runs in the top of the fifth, sending 10 batters to the plate against T-Bones starter Kris Johnson. A two-run triple by former T-Bone Brian Joynt and a two-run home run from Brian Myrow highlighted the scoring.

The T-Bones later tied the game with a two-run seventh and took a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the eighth. The Goldeyes collected two runs in the top of the ninth against closer Andy Shipman (1-2), including a go-ahead solo blast by Myrow that re-claimed the lead for Winnipeg. Shipman suffered his third blown save of the season, but held on for the victory after allowing two runs on three hits while striking out four in three innings of relief.

Kansas City tied the game at seven in the bottom of the ninth when Mojica opened the frame with a triple and scored on an RBI double by Rico Washington.

Mojica fell a home run shy of the cycle, going three-for-five with an RBI in the contest. He was hit by a pitch in the 10th inning, pushing his season total to a team record-tying 14. He also committed a team record five errors in the game.

Washington went two-for-five with two doubles and two RBI to extend his hit streak to 11 games. He has now driven in at least one run in six straight contests.

The two teams prepare for a day game tomorrow with first pitch set for 11:05. Kansas City will send Devin Anderson (3-5, 5.76) to face former T-Bone Luis Villarreal (4-0, 1.90) in a battle of left-handers. Call 913-328-5618 or visit www.tbonesbaseball.com to secure your seats today!