Monday, June 24, 2013

T-Bones weekend report: June 22, 23



SUNDAY – A five-run fifth inning behind the concrete pitching of Shaun Garceau solidified the T-Bones’ 6-4 victory in the series finale against the Laredo Lemurs at CommunityAmerica Ballpark on Sunday night.

Both teams were scoreless until the fifth inning, when the T-Bones sent 10 to the plate and scored five.

After Steve Yoo knocked in Ray Sadler with a single, Yoo scored on a two-out triple to the right-field corner by Kennard Jones.

Three consecutive walks later by starter David Newmann (3-2), Brandon Jones delivered a two-RBI single that gave Kansas City a comfortable lead.

That 5-0 cushion was all that Garceau (1-5) needed. He cruised through most of the game, with the exception of the seventh, when former T-Bones infielder Jimmy Mojica hit a three-run home run. Overall, Garceau gave up four runs and struck out six in eight innings.

“He threw great,” said T-Bones manager Kenny Hook. “He made some mistakes in the seventh, but other than that, he was dominant.”

The win gives Kansas City (15-21) the series victory, two games to one, over Laredo. After losing six straight, the T-Bones have won two consecutive as they begin a seven-game road trip on Monday. The first four are at Gary SouthShore, beginning at 7:10 Monday night.

“These two wins are huge because we need to win series to make up some ground in the division,” said Hook. “If we can win series and get back to .500, we can make a serious run for the division.”

SATURDAY ---- Behind the pitching of Devin Anderson and timely home runs, Kansas City ended a six-game losing streak with a 6-5 victory over the Laredo Lemurs in front of 7,932 at CommunityAmerica Ballpark on Saturday night.

Coming on the heels of a 10-run loss Friday night, the T-Bones got down early with an unearned Laredo run in the top of the first against Devin Anderson (1-1), who was making his first start of 2013 after starting the season on the disabled list. Anderson was nearly unhittable the rest of the way, as he held Laredo to two runs and three hits through 5 1/3 innings.

“I felt Devin would be a good matchup for them because of the way he pitches,” said T-Bones manager Kenny Hook. “He attacks the zone early and keeps the ball down, which is what he did (Saturday). And he was able to get them out on pitcher’s pitches.”

Leading 2-1, Kansas City, which wore camouflage jerseys in honor of Military Appreciation Night, extended its lead in the bottom of the fourth with solo home runs against Laredo starter Garrett Rau (2-2) by Devin Goodwin (6) and Ray Sadler (10), who’s now homered in three straight games.

The T-Bones added two more in the bottom of the eighth, when Sadler walked with the bases loaded and then Felix Molina brought in Matt Padgett on a fielder’s choice. In the first inning, Jairo Perez hit his 10th home run of the season.