05/21/2011 9:41 PM -
The Kansas City T-Bones (6-3) used a strong start from Reid Santos (1-1) to take the second game of their three-game series against the Grand Prairie AirHogs (5-4), 7-2, in front of 5,377 at CommunityAmerica Ballpark on Saturday night.
Kansas City came out swinging in the first inning to score five runs on five hits off Jae Jung (1-1). Keanon Simon started the inning with a single to right and scored on an RBI single by Jimmy Mojica. Rico Washington followed with a single before Ray Sadler brought Mojica home with a base hit to make the score 2-0. The fifth hitter of the inning, Dwayne White, cleared the bases with a three-run home run for an early five-run T-Bones advantage.
The five runs were enough as T-Bones starter Reid Santos held the AirHogs scoreless through the first seven innings. After allowing five hits through his first three innings, Santos retired ten straight until surrendering consecutive singles to start the seventh. Grand Prairie loaded the bases in the frame but Santos used a strikeout and a groundout to end the threat.
After retiring the first batter in the eighth, Santos surrendered a single and two doubles as Grand Prairie pulled within five, 7-2. Steven Stewart entered and struck out the only two batters he faced to close out the frame.
Santos earned the victory after allowing two runs on 10 hits over seven and one-thirds innings. Andy Shipman threw a scoreless ninth to close out the game for Kansas City.
Mojica doubled home the T-Bones sixth run in the fifth and Alberto Espinosa homered in the seventh for Kansas City’s final run. Jung suffered the loss after allowing seven runs on eight hits in six and two-thirds innings.
The T-Bones did not leave a runner on base in the game, the first time since their inaugural 2003 season that they have accomplished that feat.
The two teams prepare for the rubber match on Sunday night as the T-Bones send Mike Rocco (0-1, 6.14) to face John Brownell (1-0, 3.86) in a battle of right-handers. First pitch is set for 5:05. Call 913-328-5618 or visit www.tbonesbaseball.com to secure your seats today.