08/31/2005 10:52 PM - Veteran righthander Greg Bicknell struck out six in eight innings while allowing just two runs in a 5-2 Kansas City T-Bone win over the Edmonton Cracker-Cats at TELUS Field in Edmonton, Alberta. Bicknell's sixteenth win of the season set the league record, set by Joliet lefty Brian Mazone in 2002.
Bicknell was helped by an offense that scored four times in the first four innings, with RBI singles by Matt Ceriani and Ray Brown starting the scoring for Kansas City. The T-Bones scored twice in the fourth inning against Cracker-Cat starter Roberto Avilez (L, 6-10), with Nick Sorensen's first triple as a T-Bone driving in Chad Sosebee and then Sean Flynn's single scoring Sorensen.
Edmonton didn't score until the fifth inning, when Chris Hall, who walked to start the inning, scored on a Chuck MacFarlane single to get Edmonton on the board against Bicknell (W, 16-5). Edmonton scored again in the sixth, but the T-Bones scored an insurance run on a Brandon Jones single in the eighth that scored Greg Jacobs to give the T-Bones a 5-2 lead.
Mike Cosgrove (S, 3) was called on for the ninth, and allowed a leadoff single to Derek Patterson which was followed by an error by the shortstop Sosebee. But Cosgrove retired the last three batters of the game to earn his third save as a T-Bone.
The T-Bones struck out just three times in the game, a significant departure from Tuesday night's game in which they were whiffed a dozen times. As well, Bicknell's win was his 29th as a T-Bone, with the 29 wins occurring in just 166 games.
Kansas City and Edmonton conclude their season series tomorrow night at TELUS Field with an 8:05 start. Keith Black is on the mound for Edmonton, while the T-Bones send righty Jon McDonald. The game will be broadcast live on KCKN 1340 AM in Kansas City and on www.tbonesbaseball.com.