Thursday, May 31, 2012

T-Bones' winning streak snapped in slug-fest


El Paso, TX-  Diablos cleanup hitter Javier Brito lined a double off of the left-center field wall in the bottom of the ninth inning to score Nelson Teilon from second, as El Paso successfully erased a 12-7 fifth inning deficit and won 13-12 in walkoff fashion at Cohen Stadium on Wednesday night.

El Paso jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, touching up T-Bones starter Devin Anderson for four runs on four hits and a T-Bones error in the bottom of the second.  Nine Diablos hitters came to the plate in the inning, which featured a two-run single by third baseman Jonathan Cisneros.

Kansas City didn’t take long to strike back, scoring three runs on four hits in the top of the third, including a moon shot home run to left field by left fielder Bubby Williams, his first of the season.  Right fielder Brandon Jones doubled to drive in Gus Milner later in the inning, trimming the El Paso lead to 4-3.  The T-Bones took the lead back at 5-4 on third baseman Devin Goodwin’s second homer of the season in the fourth, but it would be short-lived.

In the see-saw slugfest, El Paso scored three runs on four hits against Anderson in the bottom of the fourth.  Brito roped a two-run triple to right-center and Palmer Karr, Jr. picked up an RBI single to push the Diablos on top, 7-5.  Kansas City wasted no time offering a response, sending eleven men to the plate in the top of the fifth, scoring seven runs on five hits and one Diablos error, taking the lead back and extending it to 12-7.  Unfortunately, Kansas City would not score again.

The Diablos scored two in the bottom of the fifth, two in the sixth, and one in the eighth to tie the game 12-12.  In the eighth, Diablos leadoff man Maikol Gonzalez came up with a two-out single off of T-Bones right-hander Sean Toler to push across the tying run.  That set the stage for Brito’s heroics in the bottom of the ninth, as he helped El Paso to a walkoff win with his RBI double off of Toler.

Anderson took a no-decision from the contest, as his record stays at 1-1.  Toler took the loss, dropping to 0-1 on the year. 

The loss drops the T-Bones to 7-6 on the season.  Overall, on the road trip, they finished 5-1, sweeping a three-game series at Grand Prairie and winning two of three at Cohen Stadium.

Kansas City’s next game is at home on Friday, June 1st as they host the Amarillo Sox for the first of a three-game homestand.  First pitch is set for 7:05.