KANSAS CITY, Kan. | Marcus Lemon scored on a bases-loaded walk to Kyle Petty with two outs in the ninth inning as the Kansas City T-Bones ended a three-game losing streak with a 3-2 American Association win over the Sioux City Explorers Sunday afternoon at Community America Ballpark.
Keith Picht, the Explorers’ third reliever of the game, issued the walk, which was the eighth for the pitching staff. Lemon had walked off losing pitcher Brad Orosey (2-2) with one out and after Patrick Brady singled, Picht took over on the mound.
Picht walked the American Association’s leading home run hitter, Keith Keyes (12), to load the bases. However, Picht then coaxed Joe Jackson to fly out to Nate Samson in shallow left field.
Sioux City (20-14) had snuffed a Kansas City rally with the bases loaded in the eighth inning. The T-Bones’ Tony Caldwell hit a long fly ball to the 411-foot mark in the left/center field gap that center fielder Tony Campana ran down, giving to make the catch.
Petty had given Kansas City (19-16) a 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the first inning. Picht threw five pitches to the first baseman, four out of the strike zone, to give the T-Bones the walk-off win.
Samson continued his remarkable hitting as of late for the Explorers, going 2-for-4. The Sioux City shortstop, who has hit safely in 23 of his last 24 games, hit his third home run of the season, a two-run shot in the sixth inning.
Kansas City tied the game 2-2 in the seventh as Chantz Mack scored on Eddie Newton’s two-out RBI single.
The American Association’s leading hitter, John Nogowski (.402), extended his hitting streak for the Explorers to five games with a one-single in the top of the ninth inning.
The Explorers are idle today. Tuesday night, Hobbs Johnson (2-1) will get the pitching start in the first of a three-game series at St. Paul.