Archive for Wednesday, June 29, 2005

T-Bones battle St. Paul for first place

June 29, 2005

The battle for the top spot in the Northern League's South Division started Monday at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.

Kansas City, in second place entering the four-game series, defeated division leader St. Paul (Minn.) Monday and moved to within a half-game of the Saints for the division lead. The T-Bones prevailed, 3-2, and improved to 21-14. St. Paul, the defending division champ, fell to 22-14.

The teams will complete their four-game series Thursday.

Kansas City 12, Gary Southshore 10

The T-Bones and Railcats combined for 22 runs and 30 hits as Kansas City survived the slugfest with a 12-10 victory Sunday at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.

Kansas City pitcher Greg Bicknell remained undefeated on the season, earning his league-leading seventh victory despite allowing eight runs, three of which were earned. Bicknell also allowed 12 hits and struck out five in the victory. Newcomer Eric Anderson pitched three innings of relief for the T-Bones and earned his first save of the season.

Kansas City 6, Gary Southshore 2

Home definitely was sweeter than the road Friday for the T-Bones. Returning from a seven-game road trip where Kansas City went 3-4, the T-Bones responded with a 6-2 victory against Gary Southshore (Ind.). Mike Brown led the T-Bones with three stolen bases. He also had a home run, a single and two walks.

Ray Brown, meanwhile, had three RBI, while Greg Jacobs had three hits, one of which gave him an RBI. Jon McDonald improved to 3-2 on the season after pitching seven innings against the RailCats. McDonald allowed two runs, one of which was earned. He also struck out four Gary Southshore batters.

In the process, Kansas City handed pitcher Quentin Oldenburg his first loss of the season.

Pearson heading to Mexican League

Fan favorite Eddie Pearson is leaving Kansas City. Pearson has joined the Tijuana Toros of the Mexican League, which is the equivalent of a triple-A minor league. The triple-A level is the highest minor league affiliation and is the level just below major league baseball.

Pearson came to Kansas City in June 2003 from St. Paul. The slugger was named Northern League MVP that year, and in just more than two full seasons with the T-Bones, he had 53 home runs while at Kansas City. This season, Pearson played in 32 games while batting .301 and leading the team in both home runs (9) and RBI (35).

Against Gary Southshore (Ind.) on Friday, Pearson played his final game in a Kansas City uniform in a game the T-Bones won, 6-2. The game, interestingly enough, also had a promotion -- Eddie Pearson Bobblehead Night.

In other moves, top reliever Derek Forbes was signed by the Baltimore Orioles and will report to the club's Class A affiliate.

Another Oriole, however, is coming home. David Segui, who played at Bishop-Ward High School and Kansas City Kansas Community College before heading to Louisiana Tech, has agreed to play for the T-Bones. Segui signed with the Orioles in 1987 and has played for the New York Mets, Montreal, Seattle, Toronto, Texas and Cleveland. Segui's best year was 2000 when he batted .334 with 19 home runs and 103 RBI while splitting the season between Texas and Cleveland.

Line scores

June 27

St Paul 100 000 010 -- 2 7 1
Kansas City 300 000 00x -- 3 7 2

June 25

Gary Southshore 040 030 102 -- 10 16 0
Kansas City 254 000 01x -- 12 14 2

June 24

Gary Southshore 020 000 000 -- 2 8 3
Kansas City 111 000 21x -- 6 11 2

June 23

Gary Southshore 020 000 000 -- 2 8 3
Kansas City 111 000 21x -- 6 11 2

June 22

Kansas City 010 000 010 -- 2 9 0
Sioux Falls 201 025 00x -- 10 14 0

June 21

Kansas City 202 003 300 -- 10 15 1
Sioux Falls 200 001 000 -- 3 7 2

Seven-day planner

Wednesday ST. PAUL 7:05 p.m.
Thursday ST. PAUL 11:05 a.m.
Friday at Sioux City 7:05 p.m.
Saturday at Sioux City 7:05 p.m.
Sunday at Sioux City 5:05 p.m.
Monday at Shaumburg 6:20 p.m.
Tuesday at Shaumburg 7:05 p.m.

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