Kansas City dropped an early one-run lead, falling 3-2 to the Grand Prairie AirHogs on Tuesday night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in front of 8,452, the second-largest Tuesday night crowd in team history.
The T-Bones got on the board early with a sacrifice fly from Kennard Jones off AirHogs starter Jorge Lugo (2-0) that scored Felix Molina.
Grand Prairie answered in the top of the fourth, putting one run on the board off Kansas City starter Aaron Meade (3-2) on an RBI single from Kenny Held. The AirHogs took a 3-1 lead in the top of the fifth, when they scored two runs on one hit, two walks and two hit batters.
The T-Bones were capped at two runs — scoreless through the remaining four innings after Molina knocked in Jeff Squier, who had doubled. Grand Prairie pitchers struck out 11, including five strikeouts by Lugo.
“We chased a lot of balls out of the strike zone,” said T-Bones manager Kenny Hook. “Lugo’s not really a strikeout pitcher but we made him look like one and put ourselves in a pitcher’s count most of the night against all of their guys.”
Kansas City and Grand Prairie finish the three-game series Wednesday morning at 11:05. Tickets are available by calling the Providence Medical Center Box Office at CommunityAmerica Ballpark at 913-328-5618 or at tbonesbaseball.com.
- Story from Matt Fulks, T-Bones