Daniel Barones ownership of the Wingnuts this season apparently doesnt end when the Kansas City right-hander leaves the game.
Barone was finished after seven innings in a tie game Wednesday, but the T-Bones scored two runs against Wichitas bullpen in the eighth. That netted Kansas City a 4-2 win at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium and gave Barone his second win over the Wingnuts in a week.
Barone, a former major leaguer returning to professional baseball after three seasons away, also pitched well in a no-decision against Wichita last month.
The Wingnuts tied it 2-2 with a pair of runs in the seventh against Barone, but he earned the victory after a troublesome inning defensively and on the mound by Wichita.
Unfortunately, we just couldnt get to Barone, their starter, again tonight, Wingnuts manager Kevin Hooper said. Hes done really well against us, for whatever reason. Hes around the (plate), too, we just havent made a ton of adjustments off him this season.
Barone threw 64 pitches over the first six innings, retiring the Wingnuts on 11 or fewer five times as the T-Bones built a 2-0 lead. He lost command in the seventh, hitting Jake Kahaulelio to start the inning, then walking Brent Clevlen.
It can be risky to offer a laboring pitcher a free out by way of sacrifice bunt, but thats what Hooper opted to do, getting two runners into scoring position to further pressure Barone.
The strategy worked, as Wichita tied it on a Chris McMurray groundout and a sharp single by J.T. Wise. Considering the Wingnuts recent penchant for scoring in late innings and against the opposing bullpen, a tie felt like at least a small victory.
I felt real comfortable, Hooper said. Once you tie it up, thats what you call a shutdown inning you go out and (defensively) get a shutdown inning.
That plan of Hoopers, one over which he had less control, was not to be. Matt Robertson started the eighth, pitching in a clutch situation after spending much of the season in lower-leverage outings. Robertson last pitched on June 2.
Hes got to be ready for it, Hooper said. Whether he was or not, hes got to be. Every single guy I give the ball to down there, youve got to be ready no matter what the opportunity is. Whether you havent pitched or five, six days, or whether youve pitched two days in a row and this is your third day in a row.
Robertson didnt record an out, but his outing was a bounce away from finishing much more smoothly. After Robertson allowed a leadoff single, Danny Richar hit a hard groundball directly to shortstop Ryan Khoury, who was moving to his left to cover second base on a hit-and-run play.
Khoury, the Wingnuts most steady and spectacular defender, got caught up in his multiple tasks covering the base, fielding the ball and potentially starting a double play and let the ball skip past him for a hit. Robertsons outing was over, and reliever Alex Hinshaw allowed both inherited runners to score.
It kind of jammed him a little bit, Khoury said. A little bit of weird spin off the turf. I tried to get in front of it, but Ive got to at least knock that down right there.
The run that scored on Richars single was enough to give Barone the win even though he didnt throw another pitch.
He was just throwing strikes, Khoury said. Hes got quite a few pitches and he throws strikes, I think he had like four walks on the year. Hes around the zone and he pitched well. We hit some balls hard that didnt fall. Youve got to give it up to him a little bit.
|Sabatella rf||5||1||1||0||Khoury ss||4||0||1||0|
|Espinosa lf||5||2||2||1||Testa lf||4||0||0||0|
|Richar 2b||4||0||2||1||Kahaullo 2b||3||1||1||0|
|Schwaner 1b||3||0||1||0||Clevlen cf||3||1||1||0|
|Giarrpto dh||4||0||1||1||McClendn 3b||3||0||0||0|
|Frias ss||4||0||0||0||McMurray c||4||0||0||1|
|Mittelstdt 3b||4||1||2||0||Wise dh||4||0||3||1|
|Erie c||3||0||1||1||Loehrs 1b||2||0||0||0|
|Kuzdale cf||4||0||1||0||Amberson rf||2||0||0||0|
|Kansas City||110||000||020||||4 11 0|
|Wichita||000||000||200||||2 6 1|
E McLendon (1). DP Kansas City 2, Wichita 1. LOB Kansas City 7, Wichita 5. 2B Schwaner (3), Erie (3), Kuzdale (4), Wise (8). HR Espinosa (1). S McClendon, Loehrs. CS Mittelstaedt (3).
|Barone W, 4-0||7||5||2||2||1||3|
|Regas S (6)||1 1/3||1||0||0||0||0|
|Robertson L, 0-2||0||2||2||2||0||0|
HBP Schwanter by Hinshaw; Kahaulelio by Barone. UmpiresHome, Tim Kramer; 1B, Joe Stegner; 3B, Bobby Feaster.
T 2:33. A 2,541.