The 500 Pound Elephant in the Room
The Burlington Bees begin a brief three-game road swing here in Cedar Rapids against the Kernels today. The Bees just finished a six-game home stand against Kane County and Peoria, winning three and losing three. Last night the Bees lost 5-1 to the Peoria Chiefs one night after amassing a season high 18 runs and 18 hits in an 18-4 victory. Even though the Bees offense put up one run on six hits Saturday, the offense has been very good in the second half. SS Wade Kirkland (3-7) is batting .429 in the last 10 games, sparked by his 2-3 performance against Kane County on June 28. IF Ryan Pineda has seen more time at second base and it has translated into a .364 average (4-11) in his last 10 games.
RANDOM THOUGHT: The Bees won two out of three games here in Cedar Rapids May 4-6. The only loss was on May 4, a 4-3 defeat in 17 innings. The game took four hours and 58 minutes (I still have nightmares about that night). It was the first game of the series and yes, today is the first game of the series here in Cedar Rapids. If you listen to my broadcasts, you know I’m not superstitious. I’m not afraid to describe a “no-hitter” in action or talk about the pace of the game. The truth is, if a guy is going to throw a no-hitter or the two clubs on the field are going to play a game almost five hours long, there’s nothing I do that affects the outcome of the game. So why am I nervous?