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Bicknell Wins Battle of Ironmen, 4-2

07/01/2005 10:13 PM - Click here to view the box score.

Once the first inning was done in Sioux City, much of the excitement for Explorer fans watching Friday night's game stemmed from the attempt to set a record for the most fans simultaneously performing the Macarena. The attempt, while successful, still needs to be approved; what doesn't need to be approved is the 4-2 win for the Kansas City T-Bones, which allowed them to move 1/2 game ahead of St. Paul into first place in the South Division with eight to play in the first half.

Kansas City scored four in the first against Explorer starter Chris Swiatkiewicz. Four consecutive batters drove in runs, with a Ray Brown single, a David Segui double, a Brandon Jones sacrifice fly and a Mike Brown double. After that, Swiatkiewicz settled into a rhythm and hurled his first complete game of the season, tossing 153 pitches along the way.

Until Marcel Longmire's homer to lead off the ninth inning, T-Bones starter Greg Bicknell had allowed just one run on five hits. Sioux City scored their first run of the game in the second, when Matt Howe and Casey Baker hit back-to-back singles and a Chris Grossman groundout scored Howe.

Both Bicknell and Swiatkiewicz were unscored upon for the remainder of the game until a solo shot by Explorer catcher Marcel Longmire to left to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning. Bicknell worked his third complete game of the season, tossing 128 pitches in his eighth victory of the season.

Bicknell, who had earlier in the day been named the Northern League's pitcher of the month for June, picked up his eighth win in as many decisions. Sioux City got the tying run to the plate in the ninth inning, but Ian Church grounded into a fielder's choice to end the game.

Notes: Chad Sosebee stole three bases for the T-Bones... Segui's double was his first as a T-Bone... Mike Brown is now hitting .563 in his last four games (9-for-16)... Rick Prieto and Matt Ceriani each have five-game hitting streaks.