Well Bees fans tonight is the night I expect to see a packed house here at Community Field. It is win or go home time for YOUR Burlington Bees. The Bees (1-1) and Kane County Cougars (1-1) square off in game three of the first round of the playoffs and what is going to be the final game of the 2011 season for one of the two squads. The winner of tonight’s game faces the Quad Cities River Bandits in the Western Division Championship, which starts on Saturday. It’s also “Big Fun Friday” here at Community Field and you can enjoy 16 oz. cans of Bud Light and Busch Light for just $3.25. If YOUR Bees win tonight they will play host to the River Bandits tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m. with the gates opening up at 5:30 p.m.
RHP Jason Adam (6-9, 4.23) toes the rubber for the Kane County Cougars tonight. Adam last pitched against Clinton on September 3 and allowed two earned runs on five hits over four innings pitched. He has an overall record of 1-1 with a 6.35 ERA against the Bees this season. He last pitched against the Bees on July 10 and allowed four earned runs on seven hits in five innings of work. He allowed four earned runs on five hits in 6.1 innings against Burlington back on June 14.
RHP Jose Macias (8-4, 3.46) takes to the hill for the Bees tonight in this win or go home match-up. He last pitched against Cedar Rapids on September 5 and allowed one run on three hits in three innings. Macias has an overall record of 1-0 with a 7.20 ERA against the Cougars this season. In his only appearance against Kane County, he allowed four earned runs on nine hits in five innings of action and earned the win.
YOUR Bees scored four runs in the third inning to earn a 5-1 win over the Kane County Cougars in game two of the opening round of the playoffs on Thursday. The Cougars opened the scoring with a run in the third inning. 2B Angel Franco (1-4) hit a solo home run over the right field wall for a 1-0 lead. The Bees responded with an eight-batter third inning. SS Yordy Cabrera (0-2) walked and went to second base on a single by 2B Nino Leyja (2-4). RF Jose Crisotomo (1-4) followed with an RBI single to score Cabrera for a 1-1 tie. Crisotomo moved to second base on the throw and Leyja ended up at third base. DH Josh Whitaker (1-2) and 1B A.J. Kirby-Jones (3-4) followed with back-to-back RBI singles and 3B Tony Thompson (1-3) hit a sacrifice fly to right field to make it 4-1 Burlington. The Bees got an insurance run in the eighth inning. Whitaker walked and went to second base on a single by Kirby-Jones. C Beau Taylor (1-3) walked to load the bases. CF Douglas Landaeta (0-3) hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Whitaker for a 5-1 lead.
For those of you in attendance at tonight’s game be sure to wish RHP Josh Bowman a Happy 23rd Birthday. Bowman allowed one run on two hits over six innings last night and earned the win.
RHP Zach Thornton was added to the Bees from AA Midland before the game yesterday and allowed one hit and struck out one in an inning of work last night. To make room for Thornton, LHP Max Peterson was sent to the AZL A’s.