Archive for Wednesday, July 9, 2003

T-Bones pushing for .500

Kansas City stands at second place in their division

July 9, 2003

It's a fair distance from first place for the T-Bones, but second place isn't bad for the club's first year in Kansas City.

As of Monday's games, Kansas City was sitting at 19-23 in a two-way tie for second place in the Western Division of the independent Northern League. Kansas City trails Fargo-Moorhead by 11 games

The T-Bones lost a 3-2 heartbreaker in 12 innings to Sioux Falls on Monday, but took two of three from Eastern Division leader St. Paul during Independence Day weekend.

Kansas City has managed a tie with Lincoln, thanks to the Salt Dogs' five-game losing streak. The two teams will square off at CommunityAmerica Ballpark next week. The T-Bones also will face division leader Fargo-Moorhead this weekend for the start of a six-game homestand.

Although the T-Bones have the worst pitching numbers in the league with a 4.90 ERA, the team is fourth overall in team batting. Kansas City has a .273 team batting average.

Individually, Eddie Pearson is tied for third on the RBI list with 34, while Tony Bacci is fourth in the hits category with 65. Former T-Bone leftfielder Chad Ehrnsberger, who recently was signed by the Seattle Mariners organization, still has the best slugging percentage at .597.

Rick Prieto, meanwhile, is fourth in slugging with a .536 average. The outfielder also is second in hits with 56 and tied for second in triples with six.

Defensively, DJ Johnson is third in the league in saves with 8, while Tony Bacci is fourth in innings pitched with 65.

The T-Bones will finish their four-game series with Sioux Falls tonight before opening a six-game homestand Friday.

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