07/21/2006 6:31 PM - KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Evan Gruesel dominated the Kansas City T-Bones (26-30, 4-4) in a six-hit shutout, as the Calgary Vipers claimed a 5-0 victory before a crowd of 5,789 spectators Friday evening at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.
Greusel retired the first seven and the final 11 batters of the game in order to pick up his sixth victory of the season. The 26-year-old right hander did not allow an extra-base hit and struck out six T-Bones while walking just one in a 100-pitch complete game effort, his second of the season.
The Vipers opened the scoring in the second, as Sam Rosario singled off T-Bones starter Greg Bicknell, then scored on Manabu Kuramochi's second hit of the ballgame to give Calgary a 1-0 lead. With runners on first and second, Nelson Castro then hit what looked to be an inning-ending double-play, but second baseman Darryl Lawhorn's throw to first sailed wide of the bag, allowing Jon Mungle to come around with the Vipers second run of the inning.
Bicknell (5-7) then settled into a groove, retiring 10 of the next 11 batters he faced, but ran into trouble in the sixth when Rosario's two-out single drove home Drew Miller to extend the Calgary advantage to 3-0. Two batters later, Bicknell uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Rosario to score for a 4-0 Vipers' lead.
Calgary added some insurance in the eighth, as Rosario once again came through with a big two-out hit- a bloop double off reliever James Morrison that would result in the Vipers fifth run of the contest when right-fielder Greg Jacobs threw wildly to second base, allowing Jeff Butts to come all the way around from first.
Rosario's 3-for-4 effort led the Vipers offense, while Butts and Kuramochi each chipped in with a pair of hits.
The T-Bones and Vipers will square off again Saturday at 7:05 p.m. at CommunityAmerica Ballpark, as RHP Jonathan Krysa (7-2, 3.62) will match up with Calgary RHP Ryan Jamison (0-0, 0.00).
Game Notes: Doug Dreher singled in the third inning to extend his hit streak to 17 games, which is a club-high and the Northern League's second longest streak of 2006...Friday's loss was the T-Bones first in five games at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in the second half...Greg Bicknell in July...Charles Peterson pushed his home hit streak to 26 games with his sixth-inning single; Peterson and Greg Jacobs have both reached base safely in each of the T-Bones' 27 contests at CommunityAmerica Ballpark this season...Kyle Nichols saw his 12-game hit streak end with an 0-for-3 night.
W: Greusel (6-0); L: Bicknell (5-7);
Att: 5,789; Time: 2:37