08/28/2005 8:36 PM - The Sioux Falls Canaries scored five times in the first five innings against starter Joe Gannon (L, 0-3), putting the Kansas City T-Bones in a hole from which they could not escape. The T-Bones lost to the Canaries, who broke a five-game losing streak with a 7-5 win in front of 6,188 at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan.
Robert Wirth doubled in two runs against Gannon in the second inning, and later scored on a passed ball to give the Canaries a 3-0 lead. The T-Bones tied the game at three in the bottom of the third, with Greg Jacobs singling in two runs to get the T-Bones within 3-2. Ray Brown, who followed Jacobs to the plate, reached on an error by second baseman Chris Weber, scoring Gabby Delgado to tie the game.
Former T-Bone and Royal Les Norman homered in the fourth to break the tie, and an Alex Llanos gave the Canaries a two-run cushion in the fifth inning.
Eric Vega, who was 3-for-3 for the T-Bones in the loss, scored in the fifth inning to get the T-Bones within one, with Jacobs' second single of the game driving in the fourth Kansas City run. Gannon departed in the fifth inning, giving way to Joe Goodmann, who allowed just one unearned run in 3 1/3 innings.
Sioux Falls scored single runs in the seventh and ninth innings and the T-Bones countered with just one run in the seventh inning, with newcomer Ross Cook scoring his second run of the game.
Eric Montoya (W, 1-0) was effective for the Canaries, working six and two-thirds innings of ten-hit baseball while allowing five runs and earning his first win as a Canary. Matt Montgomery hurled a scoreless ninth to earn his seventeenth save for the Canaries.
Jacobs wound up with three hits and drove in four runs in the losing effort.
The T-Bones set a season attendance record with 244,414 (5,555 per game), bypassing last year's mark in four fewer dates. The closing weekend ended with a crowd of over 9,000 Saturday night and over 6,000 on Fan Appreciation Night to close the season.