Player Spotlight: Jordan Cooper
In his past two starts, Jordan Cooper has pitched his way to a 2-0 record and has lowered his ERA on the season to 2.25. Jordan Cooper has pitched his way to a 2-0 record and has lowered his ERA on the season to 2.25. After four straight appearances without a decision, Cooper earned his first win of the season when the T-Bones defeated Joplin 7-4 on June 13 after coughing up three runs in 7 innings.
Cooper, a Topeka, Kan., native, started this season in the Cleveland Indians’ organization, pitching at Class AAA Columbus. When he realized he wasn’t going to pitch as much as he wanted, Cooper asked for his release. Shortly after, he signed with the T-Bones.
Cooper pitched at Wichita State, where he went 10-3 with a 2.01 ERA during his sophomore season while earning Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year and third-team All-American honors.
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Struggling offense surges Tuesday
The T-Bones’ team batting average sat at .240 entering play Thursday, but that didn’t seem to matter Tuesday night as Kansas City beat Joplin 16-11 at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.
It’s the first time Kansas City has scored at least 16 runs since a 17-8 win at Amarillo on Aug. 29, 2012.
Ahead for the T-Bones
Kansas City is in the middle of a seven-game homestand. The T-Bones start a four-game series against Fargo-Moorhead on Friday night. The club’s seventh annual Bark in the Park, when fans can bring their dog to the ballpark, is scheduled for Sunday.
Courtney Day, Special to The Star