Tuesday, August 12, 2014

T-Bones swept by Laredo

By MATT FULKS, tbonesbaseball.com

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- Another night, another offensive explosion by the Laredo Lemurs. The Lemurs finished a four-game sweep of the T-Bones at Uni-Trade Stadium behind an 8-2 win Monday night.

The T-Bones scored early, as was the case in all four games in Laredo, with one run in the top of the first. With two outs, Bryan Sabatella drove in Vladimir Frias, who reached base with a one-out single.

The lead was short lived for Kansas City, which saw Laredo score three runs in the bottom of the first inning against starter Casey Barnes, capped off by a two-run double by JP Ramirez. That gave Laredo all the runs it’d need.

The Lemurs pulled away, however, with a three-run sixth inning, including an RBI double by former T-Bones outfielder Byron Wiley. Barnes (2-4), who was charged with all three runs in the inning, allowed seven runs and 10 hits through 5 2/3 innings.

The T-Bones had only one less hit than Laredo (11-10), but stranded 10 runners as Laredo pitchers recorded nine strikeouts, with the lion’s share going to starter Casey Harman (5-1), who struck out six.

Although Kansas City scored nine runs during two of the games in this four-game sweep, the Lemurs outscored the T-Bones 41-25 in the series, thanks in part to 10 home runs.

The T-Bones (36-43) have lost six in a row and are seven games below .500 for the first time in 2014. The last time the T-Bones lost six in a row was Aug. 28-Sept. 2 — the last six games of the 2013 season. Kansas City now travels to Amarillo (28-50) for a three-game series starting Tuesday night at 7:05.