by Matthew Wheaton
Media Relations Assistant
The Burlington Bees (2-4) and the Peoria Chiefs (2-4) begin a three-game series tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Community Field. LHP Eric Jokish (7-2, 3.92) gets the start for Peoria against RHP Nate Long (5-1, 2.13) for Burlington. The Bees have a record of 7-3 in games played against the Peoria Chiefs this season and are 12-8 against left-handed starting pitchers.
The Bees defeated the Kane County Cougars (5-1) by a score of 9-5 in front of 549 fans at Community Field Wednesday night. Burlington RF Douglas Landaeta (2-3) hit a RBI single to right field in the bottom of the first inning and smacked a three-run home run over the left field wall in the bottom of the seventh inning. Burlington RHP Sean Murphy allowed four runs on nine hits, walked one and struck out two in 4.1 innings of work. RHP Zack Thornton (3-3) pitched 2.2 innings, allowing one run on two hits to earn the win. RHP Daniel Tenholder finished the game by throwing the final two innings, striking out four and allowing a hit.
BEES BY THE NUMBERS
Burlington has an overall record of 25-13 in home games this season. The Bees are 1-2 in the current home stand and 35-8 when scoring four or more runs. Both Kane County and the Bees had 12 hits Wednesday night. The Bees have a record of 13-1 when they have the same number of hits as their opponent. Burlington has had 10 plus hits in seven games this season.
C Beau Taylor, Oakland’s 2011 5th round draft pick, had his first RBI as a member of the Bees Wednesday night against the Cougars. RHP Sean Murphy (0-1, 10.13), who made his debut with the Bees on June 18, has allowed 12 runs on 19 hits, struck out nine, and walked two in 10.2 innings of work. OF Royce Consigli went 0-for-13 at the dish in the recent three-game series against Kane County. OF Douglas Landaeta’s home run Wednesday night against Kane County was his seventh of the year and the second homer he has hit off a Cougars pitcher. Landaeta hit his last homer on June 15 against Kane County at Community Field.
Monday night’s game between the Kane County Cougars and the Bees at Community Field lasted 2 hours and 32 minutes. Tuesday night’s game between the teams was 2 hours and 33 minutes and Wednesday night’s game between the squads was 2 hours and 34 minutes.
The Burlington Bees suffered their third straight loss and are on the verge of being in uncharted waters. Burlington lost four in a row from June 9-12 against South Bend (one game) and three against West Michigan. The three loses against the Whitecaps marked the first time the Bees were swept this season.
With the short outing by RHP Tyler Vail (2.2 innings) on Tuesday, RHP Pedro Vidal pitched his longest outing of the season (4.1 innings) last night. He allowed just one run on three hits and surpassed his previous high of 3.1 innings against Kane County back on June 14 in Burlington.
The Bees look to avoid being swept for just the second time this season when they take on the Cougars tonight.
Over the course of a long baseball season you are going to have nights like Monday where nothing seemed to go right for the Bees. They got every bad break in a two-run second inning where two balls skipped off of starter Blake Hassebrock’s glove for base hits and another ground ball hugged the third base foul line, just staying fair.
Give credit to Kane County RHP Leondy Perez. He was outstanding and scattered just one run on seven hits over seven innings.
Its a few hours before the Bees begin a three-game series with the Kane County Cougars here in Burlington and I’m still not sure how the Bees lost two out of three in Clinton. Bees’ pitchers struck out 34 Clinton hitters over the three-game weekend series.
If that wasn’t enough to yield a few wins, a couple Bees were just “raking” in Clinton. Tony Thompson went 5-11 with four RBI and Royce Consigli went 7-14 with five RBI. With numbers like that you would think the Bees could have taken two out of three against Clinton but as the cliché says, “that’s baseball.”
What a way to rebound for the Burlington Bees on Saturday! The Bees once again stayed true to their theme of quality pitching with three pitchers combining to strike out 14 men en route to a 5-1 win over the Clinton LumberKings on Saturday. Bees’ pitchers continue to dominate with 28 strikeouts over the first two game of the second half.
In addition to RHP Nate Long’s seven strikeouts, LHP Max Peterson added five strikeouts over three innings and RHP Daniel Tenholder struck out two men in the ninth inning.
CF Jose Crisotomo had two hits on Saturday. It was the most hits in a single game this season for Crisotomo.
Peterson’s five strikeouts were the most strikeouts in a single game he has pitched this season. He struck out three men against the Lake Elsinore Storm on April 27 as a member of the Stockton Ports, the High A affiliate of the Athletics.
The Burlington Bees look to bounce back after a tough 5-4 loss here in Clinton on Friday. The LumberKings scored four unearned runs in the eighth inning thanks to two key Burlington errors. The eighth inning illustrates how cruel this great game of baseball can be. RHP Pedro Vidal struck out seven of the first nine hitters he faced and allowed just one hit until 3B Matt Browning reached base on a two-out error. The next four hitters reached base and Clinton pushed across four runs. Vidal was tagged with the loss even though he did everything right.
Some more highlights include:
14 combined strikeouts and no walks for Bees pitchers last night. RHP Sean Murphy struck out six in five innings, Vidal struck out seven in his two and two-thirds innings and RHP Daniel Tenholder struck out the only batter he faced. NOTE: Vidal’s seven strikeouts tied his personal best for the most strikeouts in a single outing this season when he struck out seven at Wisconsin on May 20.
RF Royce Consigli went 4-5 and tied his single-game high for hits set back on June 15 against Kane County. The three RBIs were the most in a single game for Consigli this seaso
The Burlington Bees are here in Clinton to start the second half tonight and all is well. A 45-25 1st half record is the best half-season record in franchise history. With that being said, if you follow Minor League Baseball you know the one constant is change. Today RHP Drew Tyson was added from SS-A Vermont and RHP Matthew Thomson was placed on the Disabled List retroactive to June 21.
Please find some random tidbits from the MWL All-Star Game and the start of the second half.
ALL-STAR HIGHLIGHTS: IF Nino Leyja went 2-4 with a two-run home run to help the West Division All-Stars to an 8-3 win over the East Division All-Stars in the 2011 MWL All-Star game held Tuesday night at Modern Woodman Park in Davenport, Iowa. His performance won him the “Top Star Award” at the game. SS Yordy Cabrera got the start for the West and went 0-3. RF Douglas Landaeta went 2-2 with an RBI. RHP Blake Hassebrock pitched one scoreless inning, striking out two in the fourth inning to earn the win. RHP Zach Thornton and RHP Daniel Tenholder each logged one-third of an inning of work.
NEW ROTATION: The pitching rotation, as of today, is as follows:
Friday: RHP Sean Murphy
Saturday: RHP Long/LHP Peterson
Sunday: RHP Bowman
Monday: RHP Hassebrock
Tuesday: RHP Vail
The Burlington Bees (45-24) and the Beloit Snappers (37-32) play the final game of their three-game series this afternoon at 2 p.m. at Community Field in the final home stand before the Midwest League All-Star Game in Davenport, Iowa on Tuesday, June 21 at 7:05 p.m. The Snappers scored seven runs in the second inning to earn a 7-4 win over the Bees in front of 585 fans at Community Field Saturday afternoon. RHP Tyler Vail (1-2, 5.23) gets the start for Burlington today. He last took the mound against the Kane County Cougars on June 14, allowing three runs on seven hits in 4.2 innings. Vail is 1-0 with a 5.32 ERA in games played at Community Field.
BEES BY THE NUMBERS
Burlington’s 45 wins is the most victories in any half in franchise history. The Bees pitching staff has issued only three walks in the past four games. Burlington has an overall record of 33-6 when scoring four or more runs. When a Bee hits a home run, Burlington has a record of 14-3. The Bees are 6-5 overall in the current home stand. Burlington is 11-6 overall in day games. DH Josh Whitaker’s home run Saturday afternoon was his first two-run homer this season. Burlington OF Jose Crisotomo, who made his debut with the Bees on Thursday night, is batting .273 with three hits and an RBI.
Bees RHP Mike Hart writes in the dirt while on the pitcher’s mound before the first pitch of every game he plays in. Hart, a native of Staten Island, New York, attended Monsignor Farrell High School and has been writing in the dirt since his junior year of high school. Hart draws a cross and puts the initials of one of his close friends and three others who passed away in the four spaces within the cross. Last December, Hart’s grandmother passed away and he has added “Nana” under the cross.
The Burlington Bees (45-23) and the Beloit Snappers (36-32) play the second game of their three-game series this afternoon at 2 p.m. at Community Field in the final home stand before the Midwest League All-Star Game in Davenport, Iowa on Tuesday, June 21 at 7:05 p.m. RHP Sean Murphy makes his first start of the season for the Burlington Bees today. Murphy, who had one “spot start” in Stockton on June 12, spent the majority of this season in the Oakland A’s Extended Spring Training program. Burlington 3B Tony Thompson scored the tying run on a passed ball and hit a walk-off home run to left field to lead the Bees over the Snappers by a score of 5-4 in 11 innings at Community Field Friday night.
The Ridgewood Spartans and Galesburg Silver Streaks prep baseball teams squared off in a game at Community Field this morning at 9 a.m. The Spartans were able to hold off a late Galesburg comeback and won by a score of 4-3. Both teams will be in attendance at today’s game. Many of the Bees players sat in the bleachers during the game and took in the action of the Illinois high school squads.
BEES BY THE NUMBERS
The Bees pitching staff has issued only one walk in the past three games. Burlington has an overall record of 24-9 in home games this season. Friday night, the Snappers had 10 hits and the Bees had nine. Burlington is 7-14 overall when outhit by its opponent. When a Bee hits a home run, Burlington has a record of 14-2. Friday night’s walk-off victory was the sixth time this season that the Bees have won via a walk-off.
While most baseball players are superstitious and avoid the foul line, Burlington OF Jose Crisotomo, who made his debut with the Bees on Thursday night, is the exact opposite. Before Crisotomo runs onto any baseball diamond, he touches the foul line, grabs a little bit of dirt, throws it in the air and does the Sign of the Cross across his chest, which is a tribute to his parents who are back in the Dominican Republic.
Burlington 1B/DH A.J. Kirby-Jones is still showing discipline at the plate and swinging a hot bat. Kirby-Jones went 2-for-4 with a single and had a home run in Friday night’s 5-4 win over Beloit. He is batting .588 with 10 hits, two home runs and three RBIs in his last five games. Kirby-Jones missed the first 28 games of the season due to an injury.
About a week ago, a stray cat decided to invade Community Field. Director of Group Outings Whitney Henderson fed the feline after Friday night’s win over the Beloit Snappers and the cat may end up becoming Buzz’s new best friend.
by Matthew Wheaton
Media Relations Assistant
The Burlington Bees (44-23) and the Beloit Snappers (36-31) begin their three-game series this evening at Community Field in the final home stand before the Midwest League All-Star Game in Davenport, Iowa, which takes place on Tuesday, June 21 at 7:05 p.m. Six Bees were picked for the Western Division All-Stars. SS Yordy Cabrera was selected to start at shortstop for the Western squad. 2B Nino Leyja and LF Douglas Landaeta were selected as reserve players. RHP Blake Hassebrock, RHP Daniel Tenholder and RHP Zach Thornton were also selected to the roster. The Bees travel to Clinton, Iowa for a three game series against the Clinton LumberKings after the All-Star break. The series begins on Friday, June 24 at 7 p.m.
The Bees rallied on a pair of two-run home runs to defeat the Kane County Cougars by a score of 4-3 to secure the First-Half West Division Championship and the first playoff spot in the Midwest League in 2011 before 444 fans at Community Field on Tuesday night. The win gives the Bees their first playoff berth since 2009. It is the seventh time in the last nine years an Oakland Midwest League affiliate has made the playoffs.
Burlington 1B/DH A.J. Kirby-Jones went 8-for-11 at the dish in the recent three-game series against the Kane County Cougars. Kirby-Jones had a single, two doubles and a two-run home run against Kane County on Wednesday, which are the most hits he has had in a game this season. On Thursday, he had two singles and a double. Kirby-Jones has played in 36 games and is batting .250 with 31 hits, four home runs and 12 RBIs.
The Bees pitching staff has not issued a walk in the past two games. Burlington has an overall record of 33-3 when leading after six innings. The Bees notched a season high 13 hits and turned a season high four double plays on Wednesday night against the Kane County Cougars. RF Royce Consigli finished a double short of the cycle in the 8-4 win over Kane County on Wednesday. Consigli had four hits on Wednesday night, which are the most hits he has had in a game this season. RHP Jonathan Joseph will now throw out of the Bees bullpen.
The Bees have made a plethora of roster moves over the last few days. On Wednesday, the Bees placed OF Jose Rivero on the Disabled List and added OF Jose Crisotomo from extended spring training. Crisotomo played for three affiliates in 2010: Stockton (A), Vancouver (A) and Kane County. In 49 games with the Cougars a year ago, Crisotomo hit .260 with no home runs and 25 RBIs. The Bees sent LHP Jeff Urlaub and RHP Jeiler Castillo to SS-A Vermont, which begins its season tonight. The Bees also received LHP Max Peterson from extended spring training. Peterson started the year at High A Stockton and went 1-1 with a 9.00 ERA. Peterson pitched one inning in his Burlington debut Thursday night, striking out one and earning the hold. On Thursday, the Bees sent RHP Jose Macias to SS-A Vermont and added RHP Sean Murphy from extended spring training. Save for a spot start in Stockton on June 12, Murphy spent the majority of the season in extended spring training. Murphy will toe the rubber for the Bees on Saturday.
Kane County CF Brett Eibner fouled a ball off in his first at-bat in Thursday night’s game and the ball broke a window in the Bees press box. The window was replaced Friday morning.