By MATT FULKS, tbonesbaseball.com
WINNIPEG, Canada – The Kansas City bullpen gave up three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning as the T-Bones dropped the series finale against the Winnipeg Goldeyes, 3-1, on Sunday afternoon.
The T-Bones got a strong start from Michael Joyce, who, in his first start for Kansas City, allowed just four hits in four scoreless innings. Ryan Fennel followed Joyce with two scoreless innings, which helped keep the game scoreless heading into the seventh.
The lead didn’t last, though, as relievers Sean Toler (2-4) and Keith Picht gave up three runs in the bottom of the eighth. For T-Bones outfielder Ray Sadler led off the inning with a walk, followed by a game-tying RBI double by Josh Mazzola.
Casey Haerther followed with a single that scored Mazzola and gave the Goldeyes their first lead of the game. Two batters later, Luis Alen completed the game’s scoring with an RBI single.
Winnipeg starter Matt Jackson took a no-decision after allowing only one unearned run on five hits to go along with his 11 strikeouts.
The T-Bones (36-51) return home for a three-game series at CommunityAmerica Ballpark against Rockland of the Can-Am League beginning Monday night at 7:05. Tickets are available by calling the Providence Medical Center Box Office at CommunityAmerica Ballpark at 913-328-5618 or at tbonesbaseball.com.