06/17/2009 7:43 PM -
Mark Minicozzi blasted two solo home runs in a two-for-three performance for Kansas City (13-15) as they defeated the Gary SouthShore RailCats (14-17) in game one of a doubleheader, 3-2, to snap a five-game losing streak tonight at the U.S. Steel Yard in Gary, Indiana.
Kansas City scored their first run of the contest against former Royal Tony Cogan (2-4) in the second inning. Brad Correll walked to start the frame, advanced to second on a single by Neb Brown, to third on a flyout by Craig Hurba and came home on a fielder’s choice groundout by Jim Fasano.
Minicozzi plated the final two runs for the T-Bones with his home runs, collecting solo shots off Cogan to begin the third inning and with two outs in the fourth.
Cogan suffered the loss after allowing three runs on six hits in five and two-thirds innings.
Ryan Knippschild (1-1) allowed just two runs for Kansas City, both coming on a two-out home run by Christian Guerrero in the fourth inning. Guerrero made his season debut for the RailCats in the contest.
Knippschild worked around a two-out triple in the fifth before leaving the game in favor of Daniel Sattler with two on and one out in the sixth. After the runners advanced to second and third on a wild pitch by Sattler, Guerrero was intentionally walked to load the bases for Gary. Sattler struck out Eric McNamee and a pinch-hitting Steve Haake to end the threat.
Knippschild allowed six hits and struck out three en route to his first victory of the season.
Nate Cotton entered for the T-Bones in the ninth and surrendered a single to the first batter, Jeff Beachum. Mike Massaro then attempted a sacrifice bunt, but both runners reached safely when Beachum beat Cotton’s throw to second. Rob Marconi sacrificed both runners into scoring position before Cotton induced a popout from Jay Pecci. After an intentional walk to Mike Rohde, Jordan Czarniecki lined out to Damian Rolls at second to end the game.
Cotton earned his second save in as many tries for Kansas City.
Game two will feature Dustin Bolton for the T-Bones opposite Jeff Fischer for Gary.