T-Bones Drop Rubber Match, 5-4
KANSAS CITY, KS – One run proved to be just enough for the Winnipeg Goldeyes to edge past the Kansas City T-Bones, 5-4, in the rubber match of the series at JustBats Field at T-Bones Stadium.
Winnipeg (33-26) picked up right where they left off yesterday in the first inning today, tagging T-Bones (30-29) starter Jon Perrin (2-1) for a run. Wes Darvill walked and proceeded to steal second with one out, and after James Harris walked, Kyle Martin brought Darvill home with a single to right field to give the Goldeyes a 1-0 lead.
However, Kansas City quickly countered in the bottom of the inning. After Danny Mars singled to right to lead off, he was able to advance to second on an error by Winnipeg starter Grant Borne (0-0). Daniel Nava took a free pass, and Mars got to third on a wild pitch to give the T-Bones runners on the corners with one out and Chris Colabello at the plate. After another wild pitch, Mars scored the tying run and evened the game.
Casey Gillaspie had been having a hard time at the plate this series, going 0-for-10 in the first two games. When Gillaspie stepped up to the dish with runners on first and second and one out, he notched an RBI-single and brought Nava in for the go-ahead run. After newcomer Tyler Marincov singled to left in his T-Bones debut and drove in Colabello, Borne’s day was done, and Winnipeg brought in Brandon Bingel (1-1) from the bullpen with the T-Bones leading 3-1.
Kansas City added another run in the bottom of the second when Daniel Nava drove in Ramsey Romano with a sacrifice fly to make it a 4-1 T-Bones advantage.
Winnipeg trimmed the T-Bones lead to one run in the top of the third frame when James Harris walked and came around to score on a home run by Kyle Martin off of Perrin to make it 4-3.
Martin did it again in the top of the fifth inning when he skied another home run off of Perrin that scored Darvill, who got on base with a walk, and gave Winnipeg a 5-4 lead.
That home run proved to be the difference maker in the contest, as Winnipeg’s bullpen went on to shut down the T-Bones and did not allow a run from the second inning on. Perrin was awarded the loss, and Justin Kamplain (1-0) got the win, with Victor Capellan earning his 19th save of the season.
By Dan Vaughan