06/27/2007 10:53 PM -
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The Kansas City T-Bones and the Edmonton Cracker-Cats battled back and forth tonight, tying or changing leads in the contest seven times before the T-Bones scored six times in the final two innings to come out on top 11-6 at TELUS Field in Edmonton.
Aharon Eggleston led off the game with a double for Kansas City and scored on a double play ball from Mario Delgado to give the T-Bones an early 1-0 lead against Cracker-Cats starter Mike Johnson. Edmonton responded with two in their half of the inning on an RBI single from former T-Bone Kyle Nichols and an RBI groundout from Chris Becker.
The T-Bones tied it up in the third on a wild pitch from Johnson that scored Rob Watson (pictured), who led off the frame with a double. Watson went four-for-five with an RBI in the contest. T-Bones starter Chris Krawczyk held Edmonton scoreless in the bottom of the third but surrendered a solo home run to Jason Aspito in the fourth that tied the contest at three.
Kansas City responded quickly in the top of the fifth with a three-run frame of their own, collecting three hits before Chris Kemlo came in to relieve Johnson. The Cracker-Cats recaptured the lead in the sixth, scoring three runs on three hits off Krawczyk with two runs coming on a double from Sambu Ndungidi.
The seventh lead change of the contest came in the top of the eighth when the T-Bones got four runs on three hits off Edmonton relievers Curtis Moenter and Quinn Monsma, two of which scored on a double from Al Benjamin, his second extra-base hit of the contest. He also tripled in Eggleston in the fifth.
The T-Bones added two more runs in the ninth on RBI singles from Nelson Gord and Watson.
Justin Costi and Matt Schweitzer pitched scoreless seventh and eighth innings respectively before turning it over to T-Bones closer Dan Jackson in the ninth. Jackson held Edmonton scoreless for his eighth save of the season. Costi picked up his second professional victory while Moenter fell to 1-1.
Game Notes: T-Bones manager Andy McCauley was ejected in the fifth after arguing a call at first base…Tonight’s start for Mike Johnson was his first start since September 6, 2004 at Fresno. The start came with the Edmonton Trappers who were in the Pacific Coast League as the Class-AAA affiliate of the Montreal Expos at the time. He allowed five runs on six hits in four innings in a losing effort that day…Calvin Pickering walked in the second inning to extend his road on-base streak to 13 games…Eggleston’s lead-off double in the first extended his road hitting streak to nine games…George Sandel extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a single in the fifth inning…Entering the contest, the T-Bones had posted two consecutive games in which every hitter had collected at least one hit. Gord’s RBI single in the ninth extended that streak to three games…Kansas City’s win stopped a ten-game losing streak against Canadian opponents.