Big Bang Boom Saturday

by Matthew Wheaton
Media Relations Assistant

The Burlington Bees (4-4) and the Peoria Chiefs (2-6) wrap up their three-game series tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Community Field. RHP Matt Loosen (1-0, 2.25) gets the start for Peoria against RHP Blake Hassebrock (4-3, 1.69) for Burlington. The Bees have a record of 9-3 in games played against the Chiefs this season and are 36-21 against right-handed starting pitchers. Hassebrock has an overall record of 2-2 to go along with a 1.29 ERA in games played at Community Field and allowed one run on six hits in his last start on June 27 against Kane County.

Burlington defeated the Chiefs by a score of 18-4 at Community Field Friday night. After a one out single from Bees 1B Josh Whitaker (4-4) in the bottom of the second inning, SS Yordy Cabrera (1-2) drew a walk. C Juan Nunez (2-3) reached first base on a throwing error by Peoria 2B Arismendy Alcantara, which plated Whitaker and Cabrera. A single from LF Royce Consigli (2-5) moved Nunez to second base. 2B Nino Leyja (1-4) walked. Nunez and Consigli scored on a single from 3B Tony Thompson (2-6). Leyja moved to third base and Thompson to second base on the throw from Rohan. A two-run home run from DH A.J.Kirby-Jones (2-5) put Burlington up 7-3. Whitaker hit a broken bat single to lead off the bottom of the third inning. A wild pitch by Chiefs RHP Su-Min Jung with Cabrera at the plate moved Whitaker to second base. Cabrera walked. A single from CF Jose Crisotomo (2-5) loaded the bases. Nunez walked and Whitaker scored. A sacrifice fly to center field from Consigli plated Cabrera. Crisotomo scored on a ground out to Peoria SS Elliot Soto from Thompson to make the score 10-3. A RBI single from Nunez in the bottom of the fourth inning gave Burlington an 11-3 lead. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Whitaker smacked a three-run home run to right field and Cabrera followed with a solo home run to left field to put the Bees up 15-4. An RBI single from Kirby-Jones and a two-run double from Whitaker gave Burlington an 18-4 advantage. Bees RHP Josh Bowman (6-3) allowed four runs on seven hits, walked two and struck out three in six innings of work to earn the win. RHP Jonathan Joseph finished the game by throwing the final three innings, striking out five and earning the save. 

The Bees recorded a season-high in runs and hits (18) in last night’s 18-4 win over the Chiefs and have an overall record of 27-13 in home games this season. Burlington has had 10 plus hits in eight games this season. When their opponent scores first, the Bees are 23-18. Last night’s win over Peoria was the largest margin of victory (14) for the Bees this season. The Bees have a record of 3-2 in the last five games. Three Burlington players had home runs yesterday, two of which were three-run bombs. When a Bee hits a homer, Burlington has an overall record of 18-3. The entire Bees lineup had at least one hit last night against the Chiefs. Three Bees were hit-by-a-pitch last night. Peoria All-Star 2B Pierre LePage was asked to toe the rubber in yesterday’s game and was the only Chiefs pitcher to retire three straight Bees batters with just seven pitches in the eight inning.

C Juan Nunez had his first two-hit game as a member of the Burlington Bees on Friday night against the Chiefs. He also had three RBIs, which were his first runs batted in as a Bee.

1B A.J. Kirby-Jones is batting .438 with seven runs on seven hits, two home runs and seven RBIs in the last five games. He hit his first three-run home run this season Friday night and has seven homers this year, all of which have been at Community Field.

1B Josh Whitaker is also batting .438 in his last five games and hit his first three-run home run this season Friday night. Whitaker also had his first four-hit game of the season on Friday.

RHP Blake Treinen was added to the Bees 25 man roster today from the AZL Athletics. Treinen, Oakland’s 2011 7th round selection, allowed three hits, walked one and fanned seven in three innings of work over three games for the AZL A’s. He replaces RHP Mike Hart, who was promoted to the Stockton Ports, the A’s High “A” affiliate, on Thursday.

Treinen, a former walk-on, attended South Dakota State University the past two seasons. The Osage City, Kan. native was a two-time, first-team all-Summit League honoree, posting a 14-4 career record with 166 strikeouts in 159.1 innings. During his senior season in 2011, the right-hander posted a 7-3 record and 3.00 ERA in 13 starts. His 84 strikeouts tied him for the third most in a season by a SDSU hurler, and his 166 strikeouts rank him fourth all-time at the school.


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