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.