Former T-Bones Hurler Shuts Down K.C., 5-3
KANSAS CITY, KS – The fans of the Kansas City T-Bones had a big helping of pork tonight as the Texas AirHogs beat the Kansas City T-Bones 5-3 in game two of their three-game series in front of an expectant crowd of 4977.
Kansas City scored first in the bottom of the second. Christian Correa hit a home run, scoring Christopher Colabello and Casey Gillaspie, making the score 3-0.
The AirHogs fought back, however, when Li Xuhong hit a sacrifice bunt to first base that scored Luo Jinjun. Then, Jonathan Moroney hit a single scoring Yang Jin, getting on the board 3-2 in the top of the third.
Texas took the lead, 4-3, in the top of the fourth when Luo Jinjun hit a double, sending Chen Junpeng to home. Then, Xuhong hit another double, scoring Jinjun. The AirHogs furthered their lead 5-3, with a double to left center by Stewart Ijames that scored Moroney in the fifth inning.
The T-Bones attempted to turn up the heat to sizzle in the bottom of the sixth when Shawn O’Malley advanced to first on a walk, then stole second base, and advanced to third on an error by the catcher, Stephen Haviar. Then, after Colabello got a walk, with nothing to follow, neither of the runners scored. The T-Bones continued to struggle to bring runners home.
In the bottom of the eighth, O’Malley advanced to first on a fielder’s choice. Then, Colabello hit a single, advancing O’Malley to second. Colabello stole second base, and O’Malley stole third base, but again, no one brought them home to score.
The winning pitcher is former T-Bone Erik Manoah (1-1) for the Texas AirHogs, and the losing pitcher is Christian Binford (2-2) for the Kansas City T-Bones.
The Kansas City T-Bones and the Texas AirHogs will play their final game of the series on Sunday, July 14th at 1:05pm.
By Dan Vaughan