By MATT FULKS, tbonesbaseball.com
SUNDAY — The Kansas City T-Bones, leading late in the eighth inning, couldn't hold Wichita down, and dropped a 4-3 decision Sunday afternoon at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.
Kansas City, much like it did Saturday evening, took an early 1-0 lead in third inning when Trevor Coleman lined a two-out single to centerfield that scored KJ Miramontes.
The lead didn't last, though, as Wichita came roaring back with a two-run third inning, when the league’s best hitter, Abel Nieves, lashed a two-run double into right-centerfield, scoring John Rodriguez and CJ Ziegler, and giving Wichita a 2-1 lead.
Kansas City reclaimed the lead in the sixth inning by getting three consecutive hits from Petey Paramore, Luis Rivera and Anthony Davis, as two runs scored. Eight Kansas City batters got at least one hit in the ballgame.
The T-Bones and Wingnuts conclude their three-game series — and Kansas City’s 2013 season — on Monday afternoon, beginning at 5:05 in Wichita.
SATURDAY — Jake Kahaulelio knocked in four runs for Wichita and scored another as the Wingnuts beat the T-Bones, 5-3, Saturday night at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.
Kansas City scored first, when Anthony Davis led off the third inning with a single up the middle off Wichita starter Justin Klipp (8-3). The next batter, Justin Bass, tripled in Davis and then scored on an RBI single by Joey Gathright.
Wichita came right back, though. In the bottom of the inning, David Amberson and Jared McDonald hit back-to-back singles, which set up a two-run single by Kahaulelio. The Wingnuts extended their lead with a two-run double from Kahaulelio in the bottom of the fifth that scored McDonald and Ryan Khoury, and gave Wichita a 4-2 lead.
Kennard Jones scored for the T-Bones in the sixth when Felix Molina drove a one-out single to right field.
That was as close as Kansas City, which stranded eight runners, would get.
The Wingnuts added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth when John Rodriguez knocked in Kahaulelio.
Kansas City pitcher Keith Picht (0-1) took the loss as he gave up four hits and four runs in his first professional start.
The T-Bones and Wingnuts continue their three-game series Sunday afternoon at 3:16 in Wichita.