Bullpen Falters as Saltdogs Rally Late, 6-3
LINCOLN, NEB – The Kansas City T-Bones (35-34) left JustBats Field looking to continue their winning streak in the series with the Lincoln SaltDogs(30-40), but they lost game one 6-3 after a series of costly mistakes.
The T-Bones were off to a slow start, but they got on the board first in the top of the fourth with a Danny Mars single that sent Shawn O’Malley home, scoring 1-0.
Casey Gillaspie furthered Kansas City’s lead to 2-0 with a single that scored Daniel Nava in the top of the fifth, leaving the SaltDogs trailing behind.
Kansas City scored again when Danny Mars advanced to first on a fielder’s choice that scored O’Malley, making it 3-0 in the top of the seventh.
The Dogs fought back though in the bottom of the seventh, making it on the board 3-1 on a Tyler Moore single that sent home Josh Mazzola.
The Dogs started to bite in the eighth inning when Curt Smith got hit-by-a-pitch off pitcher Hunter Smith, which scored Christian Ibarra. Then, Mazzola hit a single that scored Forrestt Allday. But the Dogs weren’t finished yet as a single by Randolph Oduber scored Cody Regis. Then, Smith scored on a sacrifice fly to center field by Nick Schulz. Ivan Marin advanced to first on an error by the third baseman Ramsey Romano, scoring Mazzola and making it 6-3.
The winning pitcher was Tyler Anderson (3-0) for the Lincoln SaltDogs, and the losing pitcher was Evan Korson (0-1) for the Kansas City T-Bones.
The Kansas City T-Bones and the Lincoln SaltDogs will play game two of the series Saturday, August 3rd at 7:05 p.m. at Haymarket Park.
By Dan Vaughan