Lincoln, Neb. – The T-Bones battled late, scoring all of their runs in the final four innings, but couldn’t overcome 13 walks given up by the pitching staff in a 7-6 loss to the Saltdogs on Sunday night at Haymarket Park.
Kansas City got into a hole early when Lincoln scored three runs in the first two innings, thanks in part to a hit batter and four walks given up by starter Aaron Tullo. Although there was a force out, the first six batters of the game reached base for Lincoln.
Offensively, Lincoln starter Matt Bywater kept the T-Bones batters off balance during his six innings of work. Only one Kansas City hitter — Felix Molina — reached base in the first 5 1/3 innings, and that was from a walk. Then, with one out in the sixth, Kansas City got its first hit when Steve Yoo, making his T-Bones debut, hit a solo home run to left. In the next inning, Yoo, who went two-for-four, hit an RBI single to right that scored Devin Goodwin.
The T-Bones, after tying the game at 4-4 in the top of the eighth with a solo homer by Matt Padgett, promptly saw that tie vanish as the Saltdogs scored three runs in the bottom of the inning. Jhonny Montoya (1-1) gave up two hits and walked three in the inning.
Kansas City put together another rally by scoring two in the top of the ninth, highlighted by a home run by Goodwin, but was unable to get the tying run in from second.
With the loss, Kansas City (13-17) goes 1-3 against Lincoln during the series, and finishes the roadtrip with a 3-4 record. The T-Bones begin a six-game homestand, with the first three against Grand Prairie, starting Monday night at 7:05 at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.
- Story from Matt Fulks, T-Bones