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.