09/03/2005 11:06 PM - Jonathan Krysa pitched a masterpiece for the T-Bones, striking out a career-best thirteen, but once again the Kansas City T-Bones couldn't get any runs for Krysa, falling 2-0 to the Calgary Vipers at Foothills Stadium in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, on Saturday night.
Krysa was matched zero for zero by Calgary starter Doug Johnson (W, 8-5), who allowed just two hits in eight innings while striking out seven. The T-Bones didn't get a hit until Matt Ceriani's infield single in the third inning and didn't get a runner to third base until Nick Sorensen in the fifth.
Calgary, meanwhile, was stymied by Krysa's fastball and slider. The righty out of Lee's Summit, Mo., struck out thirteen, matching his career best, set on August 17, 2002, while pitching for the Edinburg Roadrunners. Krysa struck out slugger Juan Thomas three times and whiffed every batter in the lineup with the exception of the number seven and nine hitters, who would be the ones to do the damage for Calgary.
Number seven Drew Miller led off the seventh with a double and moved to third on Neesan Zieour's infield single to third, setting the stage for a perfect suicide squeeze by leadoff man Pedro Santana. First baseman Ray Brown had no play at the plate and overthrew the bag at first, allowing Zieour to score as well and Santana to move to third.
The T-Bones would move runners to the corners with two outs in the ninth, but Chad Sosebee struck out against Cody Cillo (S, 3) to end the game.
Krysa retired eleven in a row at one point as well as fourteen of fifteen before the double by Miller. By striking out thirteen, his season total moved to 130, which will lead the Northern League for 2005. Krysa struck out 139 last season, second to Schaumburg starter Hank Woodman.
The hard-luck Krysa (L, 5-12), in spite of having an ERA in the threes and leading the league in strikeouts, finished the season at 5-12, reminiscent of Nolan Ryan's 1987 season in which he led the National League in ERA and strikeouts but finished 8-16.