Christmas Eve In July

by Matthew Wheaton
Media Relations Assistant

It’s Christmas Eve in July tonight at Community Field and the Burlington Bees (6-8) will wrap up their three-game series with the Quad Cities River Bandits (6-8). RHP Trevor Rosenthal (3-7, 3.54) gets the start for the River Bandits this evening. He allowed three earned runs on three hits over 5.2 innings pitched in his last start against Clinton on July 2. RHP Tyler Vail (1-4, 5.57) takes the mound for the Bees tonight. He allowed four earned runs on eight hits over 4.1 innings pitched against Cedar Rapids on July 3. The Bees have a record of 6-3 in games played against the River Bandits this season and are 37-25 against right-handed starting pitchers. Vail has an overall record of 1-2 to go along with a 5.46 ERA in games played at Community Field. The Bees have an overall record of 28-15 this season in home games. Both the River Bandits and the Bees left eight runners on base last night. Burlington has a record of 19-15 in one-run games. The Bees are 2-23 overall this season when trailing after eight innings.

The Bees lost to the River Bandits by a score of 7-6 at Community Field Thursday night. Burlington scored four runs over the eighth and ninth innings, but fell just short of the victory. The River Bandits started the scoring in the top of the first inning after CF Michael Swinson (3-4) hit a lead-off, solo home run to right field for a 1-0 lead. In the top of the third inning, Quad Cities SS Ronny Gil (1-4) singled on a ground ball hit to Bees 3B Wade Kirkland and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. An RBI single from DH Oscar Taveras (2-4) put the River Bandits up 2-0. Bees CF Jose Crisotomo (2-4) led off the bottom of the third inning with a double and scored on a two-out single by RF Josh Whitaker (2-4) to make the score 2-1. After a one-out single to center field by Quad Cities RF Nick Longmire (2-5), C Cody Stanley (0-4) flied out to left field and Longmire advanced to second base. 3B Victor Sanchez (0-4) reached first base on a throwing error by Bees SS Yordy Cabrera. With 2B Packy Elkins (0-3) at the plate, Burlington RHP Blake Hassebrock (4-5) threw a wild pitch and Longmire scored to give the River Bandits a 3-1 lead. In the top of the fifth inning, Taveras reached first base on a fielder’s choice. 1B Jonathan Rodriguez (1-4) was hit by a pitch and Taveras advanced to second base. A single by LF Chris Edmondson (1-5) moved Taveras to third base and Rodriguez to second base. Longmire hit a two-RBI single to right field to put the River Bandits up 5-1. Elkins walked to start off the top of the sixth inning, and scored on a triple to center field by Swinson. An RBI single to right field by Taveras scored Swinson to make the score 7-1. Burlington C Beau Taylor (2-4) hit a RBI single to left field in the bottom of the sixth inning, which drove in 1B A.J. Kirby-Jones (0-4) to make the score 7-2. In the bottom of the eighth inning, Whitaker hit a solo home run to center field to get Burlington within four runs at 7-3. After a single by Taylor to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning, Kirkland walked. A triple to right field by Crisotomo scored Taylor and Kirkland. A sacrifice fly by 2B Nino Leyja (0-4) plated Crisotomo to make the score 7-6. Hassebrock allowed five runs on eight hits, walked one and struck out two in five innings of work and earned the loss. RHP Zack Thornton pitched three innings, allowed two hits, two runs, walked two and struck out three. RHP Blake Treinen finished the game by throwing the final frame in his first appearance at home.

The Quad Cities River Bandits had 10 hits last night, while Burlington had six. The Bees have a record of 9-21 when out-hit by their opponent and is 2-3 in the last five games. Three Bees players – Jose Crisotomo, Beau Taylor and Josh Whitaker – went 2-for-4 at the dish yesterday. Both Crisotomo and Whitaker also had two RBIs. Whitaker has hit a home run in each of the past three games. His two-out, walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning Wednesday night gave Burlington a 4-3 win and is the seventh walk-off victory for the Bees this season.

Crisotomo had his first triple, and his first multiple RBI game (2) of the season last night. He joined the Bees on June 15 when he was added to the team from extended spring training.

RHP Blake Hassebrock allowed the most hits in his career and this season (8) in the 7-6 loss to the River Bandits Thursday night. RHP Blake Treinen set career and season highs in fewest hits allowed (0) in his first appearance at home last night. SS Yordy Cabrera was walked by the River Bandits three times last night, which is the most times he has been walked in a game in his career.

RHP Zack Thornton’s line from yesterday’s game: 3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO

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