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T-Bones offense stagnant in 4-0 loss

T.J. Mittelstaedt broke up the no-hitter in the 7th inning, but the T-Bones still fell 4-0. File photo by Matthew Hicks.
06/17/2014 9:17 PM -

By SHANE JACKSON 

www.tbonesbaseball.com

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The Kansas City T-Bones mustered just two hits in Tuesday’s 4-0 loss to Sioux City in front of 8,832 fans Tuesday night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. 

 

Facing Patrick Johnson of the Explorers, the T-Bones struggled to find many base runners, let alone a hit. T.J. Mittelstaedt broke up the no-hitter in the seventh with a single up the middle, but before then they had just five base runners on four walks and a hit by pitch. 

 

Meanwhile newly acquired pitcher Mike Nannini worked out multiple jams in his Kansas City debut. In 6 innings, Nannini allowed two runs off six hits, walked a pair and struck out three. He allowed at least one base runner in every inning, and gave up four extra-base hits — three doubles and a triple. 

 

After threatening in the first three innings, the Explores finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth. Peter Barrows tattooed a triple to right-center before being brought home on a sacrifice fly to left by Dillon Usiak. 

 

The Explorers tacked on another run in the sixth. Barrows gapped a one-out double into short right-center. He advanced to third when Usiak reached first on a fielding error by Danny Richar. Todd Jennings then placed a sac bunt towards the mound that brought home Barrows. 

 

Sioux City continued to play small ball in the seventh as Oscar Mesa, who led off the inning with a double, was brought home on a sacrifice bunt by Nate Samson. 

 

With the loss, the T-Bones are now 14-17. Game two of the series is Wednesday morning at 11:05. Tickets are available by calling the Providence Medical Center Box Office at CommunityAmerica Ballpark at 913-328-5618.