08/09/2014 12:10 AM
LAREDO, Texas – Perhaps Friday night for the T-Bones and the Laredo Lemurs ended — at least for now — appropriately. In a 9-9 tie after 10 innings, suspended due to the league curfew rule.
After all, each team took the lead on a four-run inning late in the game, only to see it vanish.
First up was Laredo. With Kansas City leading 5-3 in the bottom of the seventh, the Lemurs tagged T-Bones relief pitchers Pat Doyle and Hamilton Bennett for four runs (two each). Doyle gave up a lead-off single to Travis Denker and then, after recording two outs, walked former T-Bones infielder Devin Goodwin. Bennett came in and promptly walked Byron Wiley, another former T-Bones player, before Carlos Ramirez hit a grand slam that gave the Lemurs a 7-5 lead.
In the top of the ninth, though, after Matt Padgett and Nick Schwaner reached base with singles, Bryan Sabatella roped a double off Tyler Pearson that scored Padgett and Schwaner, and tied the game. Three batters later, after Vladimir Frias and Brian Erie walked, Robby Kuzdale singled to left, scoring Sabatella and Frias. That gave Kansas City a 9-7 lead with All-Star closer Kris Regas entering the game.
Regas retired the first two Lemurs he faced before walking Ramirez. A Harrison Kain double and Nick Van Stratten triple later, the game was tied at 9-9 after nine innings.
After neither team scored in the 10th, umpires suspended the game shortly after midnight per the American Association curfew rule.
T-Bones pitcher Jared Messer, who was making his first professional start, gave up three hits and three runs, and struck out three, in 3 innings. He got some help from the Kansas City offense, which knocked 10 hits in the first 4 2/3 innings against Laredo starter Michael Suk, but then got only one hit until the four-run ninth inning.
Kansas City (36-39) and Laredo (42-32) will conclude their suspended game at 6 p.m. Saturday, with game two of the four-game series scheduled to start at 7:30.