Bits of Honey
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.