A strong pitching performance from Kansas City T-Bones starter Dustin Loggins wasn’t enough to hold off the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, which scored four runs on four hits and gave the visitors a 4-2 victory in front of 5,912 at CommunityAmerica Ballpark on Friday night.
Loggins (5-5) struck out every Fargo batter at least once en route to a career-high dozen strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings, blowing by his previous single-game record of seven strikeouts. It was a three-run Nic Jackson homer in the fourth inning, however, that determined Loggins’ fate. The home run, off the T-Bones’ clubhouse in right field, gave the RedHawks a lead they would not relinquish.
Kansas City’s Justin Bass scored in the first inning on a Jairo Perez sacrifice fly, giving the T-Bones a brief 1-0 lead. The RBI was Perez’s fifth RBI in seven games, a team-high.
After Jackson’s home run in the fourth, Joey Gathright sent home Kyle Nichols on an RBI single that cut the deficit to 3-2, but the T-Bones stranded eight runners from then on, ending their scoring production.
Fargo-Moorhead starter Ethan Opsahl only lasted 4 1/3 innings before being pulled for Derek Miramontes (1-1). Joe Harris (4) finished the game by going 3 1/3 innings, allowing one hit.
Kansas City takes on Fargo-Moorhead at 7:05 on Saturday night in game two of the three-game series. Tickets are available by calling the Providence Medical Center Box Office at CommunityAmerica Ballpark at 913-328-5618 or at tbonesbaseball.com.
- Story from T-Bones