Two for Thursday
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.