07/28/2017 12:10 AM
KANSAS CITY -- The Texas AirHogs were swept in a doubleheader Thursday at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, KS vs. the T-Bones. Kansas City scored late runs in both games, emerging with 2-1 and 4-3 victories. The teams meet again tomorrow at 7:05 pm.
Texas was on the wrong side of American Association history in Game 1. Kansas City starter Matt Sergey twirled the 5th no-hitter in the history of the Association, going the full 7 without allowing a hit. He did not allow a baserunner until the 6th inning but exited the game after 7 complete in line for the loss.
Casio Grider boarded against Sergey in the 7th on a walk and promptly stole 2nd base. He advanced to 3rd on a wild pitch and, in a daring effort with 2 outs and Charley Thurber at the plate, stole home on a return throw from catcher Tony Caldwell to Sergey to make it 1-0 AirHogs.
Billy Waltrip pitched the 1st 6 frames of the contest for Texas, striking out 4 and walking 4 while allowing 4 hits and 0 runs. Luis De La Cruz entered from the bullpen in the bottom of the 7th to try to protect the 1-0 lead. A leadoff walk, a key error on a sacrifice attempt, and a successful sacrifice bunt made it 2 in scoring position for the T-Bones with only 1 away. Cedric Hunter, who finished with 3 hits in the game, then took De La Cruz for a double to the left field corner to help Kansas City capture the game in walkoff style 2-1.
The AirHogs got 3 RBIs from Denis Phipps in Game 2, but once again it was a late surge by the T-Bones that helped them steal a victory. Jared Mortensen got the start for the AirHogs in the 2nd contest and stranded 6 over 4 frames to exit with a 3-2 lead.
After Rob Tasin pitched a scoreless 5th, Kansas City got to righty relief man Jacob Morris for a couple of hits and a key sacrifice fly from All-Star Kevin Keyes to seize a lead they would not relinquish at 4-3.
Calvin Drummond got the win for Kansas City in Game 2, improving to 5-2 after surrendering 6 hits and 3 runs over 6 innings. Cody Winiarski picked up his 13th save of 2017 by pitching a scoreless 9th. Morris dropped to 1-2 with the loss. Kansas City turned 3 double plays in the game.
Texas (25-38) and Kansas City (36-26) meet again for Game 3 of a 4-game set tomorrow at 7:05. RHP TJ Bozeman (3-4, 3.13 ERA) is expected to start for the AirHogs vs. RHP Gabe Perez (6-3, 4.76 ERA) for Kansas City. A live broadcast of the game will be available at mixlr.com/TXAirHogs.
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