05/27/2007 3:43 PM -
WINNIPEG, Mb. – The Kansas City T-Bones fell to the Winnipeg Goldeyes 11-3 in the first game of a doubleheader today at CanWest Global Park.
Winnipeg jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning against T-Bones starter Larkin Braxton (pictured), plating all three runs after Braxton retired the first two batters of the frame. Following the two quick outs, Braxton allowed the next four hitters to reach safely, four on hits and one on a walk. Three straight RBI singles by Antoin Gray, Brent Matheny and Scott Schade did the damage for Winnipeg.
The Goldeyes would score five more in the fifth inning as six straight batters reached after Braxton got Jimmy Hurst to pop out with his first pitch of the frame. The next batter, Walter Young, homered to right to start the onslaught and a two-RBI single by Luis Alen capped off the five-run frame. Rick Hummel would finish the fifth for Braxton, who picked up his first professional loss after allowing eight runs on ten hits in four and one-third innings of work.
Kansas City plated their only run charged to Winnipeg starter Brett Lawson in the sixth inning when Aharon Eggleston reached on an error by Godleyes shortstop Max Poulin of reliever Juan Velazquez scoring Brad Correll from third. The unearned run was the only glitch for Lawson as he picked up his first victory of the season after allowing just three hits and striking out seven in five and one-third innings of work.
The T-Bones scored two more in the top of the seventh on an RBI groundout by Calvin Pickering and an RBI single from Correll, but the deficit was too great as Kansas City dropped to 4-5 on the season.
Rick Hummel pitched the final inning and one-third, allowing three runs on four hits while walking one and striking out one.
Lavon Lewis will take the mound for Kansas City against Glenn Bott in game two as the T-Bones try to snap their four-game losing streak.