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Saltdogs power past T-Bones

Felix Molina hits a home run for KC in the ninth inning, his first of the year. (Photo by Matthew S. Hicks.)
05/21/2013 9:42 PM -

A night after scoring 14 runs in the series opener, the T-Bones had two home runs in the ninth inning but it wasn’t enough as Kansas City lost to Lincoln, 5-4, on Tuesday at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.

The Saltdogs made sure they got off to a quick start as leadoff batter Daniel Carroll sent Shaun Garceau’s second pitch of the game over the center field wall. Garceau (0-2) and the T-Bones shut down the next three Lincoln batters on four pitches.

Justin Bass awoke a quiet Kansas City offense in the bottom of the fourth with a single off Lincoln starter Joe Bisenius (1-0) followed by a stolen base. A Saltdog error on a hit from Ray Sadler, who is leading the T-Bones in hits, tied the score at 1-1.

In the top of the fifth, however, a two-run home run by Dennis Raben put Lincoln up for good.

“It seems like our losses, for the most part, have been coming down to one pitch,” said T-Bones manager Kenny Hook. “We left a pitch up to Raben and he made us pay.”

Down 5-2 in the ninth, the T-Bones added two runs on solo homers by Matt Padgett and Felix Molina.

Kansas City and Lincoln will finish the series on Wednesday night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05. Tickets are available by calling the Providence Medical Center Box Office at Community America Ballpark at 913-328-5618.