KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Kansas City's James Buckelew made the most of his first pitching start of the season throwing six innings of shut out ball to lead the T-Bones to a 6-0 win over Sioux City in an American Association baseball game at Community America Ballpark Tuesday evening.
Buckelew was effective in six innings of work, giving up just two hits and one walk while fanning three. Buckelew started the season with the Marlins' Class AAA team in New Orleans and made eight total relief appearances before being released by the organization in Mid-May. Buckelew was signed by the T-Bones on June 1 and had come out of the bullpen twice for the T-Bones this season.
The start was anything but smooth for Sioux City's Luis Mateo, who gave up nearly identical solo home runs to Zach Walters and Cal Towey to the berm in right center field. The early 2-0 lead for the T-Bones turned out to be more than enough for Buckelew and three relievers, who managed to work around several jams to keep the X's off the scoreboard.
Mateo didn't give up any walks but another run in the third inning and two more in the fourth gave the T-Bones' pitchers plenty of support.
Both of the hits off Buckelew came in the third inning when Sioux City got a pair of singles from Michael Lang and Nate Samson to lead off the inning and put runners on the corners. Buckelew pitched around the jam, getting a short fly out by Jose Sermo and a double play ground out by Jay Baum to end the threat.
Sioux City had another prospective rally fizzle in the eight inning, when it loaded the bases with one out, but had Lang called out on strikes and Samson retired on a hard liner to left for the third out.
The T-Bones got an unearned run in the third inning on an error on Walters' grounder, then catcher Tucker Pennell, a former Arkansas Razorback baseball standout, hit a two-run shot in the fourth to make it 5-0 T-Bones. A sixth K.C. run came home on its fourth homer of the night, solo shot by Adrian Nieto in the eighth.
Shutout for the first time this season, Sioux City dropped to 19-6 on the season
The two teams will have an early wake up call for the third game of the series, with the units taking the field for an 11:05 a.m. start. The final game of the set is scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. start Thursday before Sioux City moves on for a three-game series at Gary Southshore.