What A Game

by Matthew Wheaton
Media Relations Assistant

The Burlington Bees (6-7) play game two of their three-game series with the Quad Cities River Bandits (5-8) tonight. RHP Seth Blair (4-3, 4.34) gets the start for the River Bandits this evening. He allowed one earned run on six hits over 5.2 innings pitched in his last start against Clinton on July 1. RHP Blake Hassebrock (4-4, 1.89) takes the mound for the Bees tonight. He allowed three earned runs on six hits over six innings pitched against Peoria on July 2 and was credited with the loss. The Bees have a record of 6-2 in games played against the River Bandits this season and are 37-24 against right-handed starting pitchers. Hassebrock has an overall record of 2-3 to go along with a 1.69 ERA in games played at Community Field. Tonight’s game against the River Bandits will be the 84th game the Bees have played this season, 42 have been at home and 42 on the road.

Bees DH Josh Whitaker hit a two-out, walk-off grand slam to erase a 3-0 deficit and notch a 4-3 win over the River Bandits at Community Field on Wednesday night. The River Bandits scored one run in the second inning on a solo home run by 1B Jonathan Rodriguez (1-3) for a 1-0 lead. Quad Cities LHP Ryan Copeland allowed one hit, an A.J. Kirby-Jones (1-4) single with two outs in the fourth inning. He walked CF Jose Crisotomo (0-2) to lead off the inning and recorded 10 straight outs until the Kirby-Jones single in the fourth inning. He finished with one hit and one walk, striking out six over seven innings. RHP Josh Bowman was equally outstanding for the Bees. He allowed one earned run on two hits, walking just one and striking out five. LF Colin Walsh (1-3) hit a two-run double in the ninth inning to make it 3-0 River Bandits. In the bottom of ninth inning, Crisotomo walked and went to second base on a single by PH Tony Thompson (1-1), who was batting for 2B Ryan Pineda (1-3).  Kirby-Jones reached base on an error before Whitaker smacked a pitch over the center field wall off of RHP Aidan Lucas (1-2) for the 4-3 win. RHP Drew Tyson (4-2) pitched two innings to get the win for Burlington.

The Bees have an overall record of 4-8 this season in games where the final score is 4-3. Burlington lost by a score of 4-3 to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in three of four games played at Fox Cities Stadium May 20 through May 23. The Bees have won two games this season when trailing after eight innings. When their opponent scores first, the Bees are 24-21. The Bees have a record of 2-3 in the last five games. Only three Bees players – Tony Thompson, A.J. Kirby-Jones and Josh Whitaker – had hits yesterday.

Whitaker’s two-out, walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning last night is the seventh walk-off victory for the Bees this season. He also hit a home run on Tuesday night. Back on April 29 at Community Field, Whitaker hit a walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the 11th inning to lead the Bees past the Kane County Cougars by a score of 2-1. He has hit six home runs at home this season. Whitaker had four RBIs last night, which is the third time this season he had four in a game.

Quad Cities 3B Victor Sanchez and 2B Kolten Wong were caught stealing last night by Bees C Beau Taylor, Oakland’s 2011 5th round selection. Taylor, a Rockledge, Fla. native, is 3-for-7 in throwing out runners.

The Fresno Grizzlies, the Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, beat the Sacramento River Cats, Oakland’s Triple-A affiliate, by a score of 7-6 Wednesday night. Fresno defeated the River Cats 7-6 in 11 innings on Tuesday night.

SS Jonathan Santana toed the rubber for the AZL A’s in their 17-1 loss to the AZL Reds last night. Santana allowed three runs on three hits in 1/3 innings of work. He was the final A’s pitcher in the loss. He now has a 20.25 ERA. He threw one inning and allowed a hit back on June 30 in an 11-8 loss to the AZL Rangers.

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