08/06/2005 11:09 PM - In the throes of their longest losing streak of the season - five games - the Kansas City T-Bones were no-hit by Joliet JackHammer lefty Luis Villarreal. The Joliet southpaw threw 127 pitches along the way to defeating the T-Bones, 3-0, and notching the league's first no-hitter since 1999.
Villarreal struck out thirteen and walked four in the outing, and was matched against T-Bone righthander David Viane, who had shut out the JackHammers in their last meeting. Viane didn't allow a baserunner until the fifth inning of the game, but in that frame he allowed three runs to score, all Joliet would need.
A two-run triple by Kyle Logan, followed by a single by Brad Flanders, accounted for all of the Joliet runs. Logan made a terrific over-the-shoulder catch in the top of the seventh inning to preserve the gem.
The T-Bones didn't advance a runner past second base in the game, which ended with Villarreal retiring the side in order in the ninth inning. Ray Brown grounded out to second baseman Eric Blakely to end the game. Saturday night was the second time this season Villarreal has pitched a shutout and the third time he has whiffed more than ten batters in a contest.
Kansas City will try to snap their losing streak and Joliet's four-game win skein by sending righty Joe Goodmann to the mound tomorrow to oppose Joliet's Jason Shelley. The game, which will start at 5:05 pm, will be broadcast live on KCKN 1340 AM in Kansas City and over the Internet at www.tbonesbaseball.com.