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Long Way Home for Bicknell in 5-2 Win

08/22/2005 10:13 PM - Greg Bicknell pitched his fifth complete game of the season and picked up his fourteenth win of the season as the Kansas City T-Bones beat the Gary SouthShore RailCats, 5-2, in front of 5,890 at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan.

The T-Bones scored once in the bottom of the first inning, with Greg Jacobs' sacrifice fly bringing home Eric Vega, who had doubled. Gary threatened in the top of the second, loading the bases with none out, but Bicknell (W, 14-5) started a 1-2-3 double play to hold the RailCats without a run.

Gary got on the board in the sixth inning on Steve Haake's homer down the right field line, his third of the season and second in the series, which tied the game at one. But the RailCats self-destructed in the bottom of the inning, committing two errors which led to four unearned T-Bone runs. Cody Fisher (L, 0-3) started the game and was the victim of the unearned runs, taking the loss for Gary.

Eric Vega smacked three hits, including the double, and drove in a run for the T-Bones, and Brandon Jones had two hits in two at-bats while driving in a run.

But the main story was Bicknell, who threw 137 pitches while holding the RailCats in check. The veteran righty won his 126th game as a pro and 27th as a T-Bone, making him the all-time franchise leader. Bicknell's 14th win puts him within one of the league single-season mark.

The T-Bones are in St. Paul the next three nights, with single games Tuesday and Thursday at 7:05 and a 6:05 Wednesday doubleheader. The T-Bones return home Friday night for a 7:05 game and have a baseball clinic at 10 am Saturday at Ricker Field in Grandview. The clinic is presented by Burger King.