05/20/2005 10:19 PM - With five runs in the sixth inning, the Edmonton Cracker-Cats spoiled the season opener for the Kansas City T-Bones, 6-2. Starter Mike Kusiewicz pitched a complete game for Edmonton, allowing just six hits while striking out six in the contest. Kusiewicz outdueled T-Bones starter Jonathan Krysa, who surrendered five runs in 5.1 innings of work; however, just one of Krysa's runs was earned.
Krysa, starting his third consecutive home opener at CommunityAmerica Ballpark, allowed an unearned run in the fourth inning when Ricky Magdaleno scored on a slow grounder to first by Darin Kinsolving. To that point, the T-Bones had mounted just one threat: runners on first and second and one man out in the third inning. T-Bones right fielder Chad Sosebee ended that threat when he grounded into a double play.
In the sixth inning, Jeremy Ware doubled with one out. Brandon Kaye then singled in Ware and Kinsolving followed that with a grounder to short. Shortstop Chad Hill fed second baseman Mike Brown for the apparent force out, but it was ruled that Brown lost the ball and both runners were safe. Chris Becker then singled in Kaye, and when catcher Matt Ceriani's throw to third to nail Kinsolving eluded third baseman Brandon Jones, Kinsolving scored and Becker moved to second. That would be the last batter Krysa would face, as he gave way to reliever David Viane. Viane surrendered back-to-back doubles to Chad Etheridge and Stubby Clapp, resulting in two more Edmonton runs, but T-Bone pitchers would stymie Edmonton the rest of the way.
Kansas City scored their two runs in the bottom of the ninth when, with two outs, Ray Brown singled to right and Eddie Pearson followed that with a homer, his first of the season.
The two teams meet again tomorrow night, with T-Bones righty Greg Bicknell opposing Cracker-Cat starter Ira Brown. The 7:05 game will be preceded by the wedding of Becky Fugate and Dan Hart and followed by fireworks presented by Metro Sports and Roger Smith and Sons Toyota.
Please click here to view the box score from Friday night's game.