The Burlington Bees (9-14) and Lake County Captains (8-15) wrap up their three game series tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Community Field. It’s “Dollar Monday” here at Community Field. Adult general admission tickets are just $2.00 and senior/student general admission tickets, hot dogs, pizza, popcorn, and cans of Pepsi products are just $1.00. Fans can also enjoy 16 oz. cans of Miller Lite and Coors Light for just $3.25 sponsored by Miller Lite and “Everything That Rocks” KQ92.
RHP Mike Goodnight (5-8, 3.46) toes the rubber for the Captains this evening. Goodnight last pitched against the Peoria Chiefs on July 13. He allowed three earned runs on nine hits over five innings and received the loss. Opposing batters are hitting .252 against Goodnight when runners are in scoring position and .269 against him when runners are in scoring position and there are two outs. When the bases are loaded, opposing batters are hitting .167 against Goodnight.
The Indians selected Goodnight in the 13th round of the 2010 MLB Draft out of the University of Houston, which was the second time Cleveland drafted him. In 2008, the Indians made him a 27th round pick out of Westside High School, located in Houston, Texas. Tony Lastoria rated Goodnight as the No. 43 prospect in the Cleveland Indians organization in his book, 2011 Cleveland Indians: Top 100 Prospects & More. Goodnight “throws a plus fastball that usually sits around 90-92 MPH and has touched 94 MPH. He complements the fastball with a good, developing slider that sits in the low 80s and is considered his secondary pitch. He also throws a curveball and changeup, with the curveball getting consideration from some scouts as a true weapon and the changeup a solid fourth offering though is a work in progress,” Lastoria wrote.
RHP Jose Macias (2-2, 3.77) toes the rubber for the Burlington Bees this evening. Macias last pitched against the Fort Wayne TinCaps on July 13. He allowed two earned runs on four hits over 5.2 innings pitched and was credited with the loss. Macias has an overall record of 1-2 to go along with a 3.48 ERA in games played at Community Field. Opposing batters are hitting .250 against Macias when runners are in scoring position and .214 against him when runners are in scoring position and there are two outs. Tonight’s start is Macias’ second since returning to the team on July 11 from the Vermont Lake Monsters, Oakland’s New York-Penn League affiliate.
C John Nester (1-2) hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning to score SS Yordy Cabrera (1-4) from third base to give the Bees a 5-4 win over the Captains before 619 fans at Community Field on Sunday afternoon. Bees LF Royce Consigli (3-4) and 2B Ryan Pineda (1-2) led off the game with back-to-back singles. 3B Tony Thompson (0-3) walked and 1B Josh Whitaker (1-4) hit a grand slam home run over the left field wall for a 4-0 Burlington lead. Lake County scored two runs in the top of the third inning to cut the lead in half. RF Carlos Moncrief (1-5) hit a solo home run over the right field wall to lead off the inning. CF LaVon Washington (2-4) singled and moved to third base on a double by 3B Giovanny Urshela (3-4). 1B Jesus Aguilar (0-4) grounded out to score Washington to make it 4-2. The Captains scored single runs in the fifth and sixth innings to tie the game at 4-4. In the top of the fifth inning, Urshela laced an RBI single. In the top of the sixth inning, SS Ronny Rodriguez (2-4) hit a solo home run that tied the score. Cabrera doubled to lead off the bottom of the sixth inning and went to third base on a sacrifice bunt by LF Douglas Landaeta (1-2). Nester hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Cabrera for a 5-4. LHP Max Peterson (2-0) pitched two and two-thirds innings to get the win. RHP Daniel Tenholder logged a scoreless ninth inning to get his tenth save.
BEES BY THE NUMBERS
Tonight’s game will be the 50th game the Bees have played at Community Field this season. The Bees have a record of 31-18 in home games. Burlington had eight hits yesterday afternoon, while Lake County had nine. The Bees have a record of 10-23 when outhit by their opponent. Burlington scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning on a grand slam from 1B Josh Whitaker yesterday and have a record of 31-13 when they score first. Yesterday afternoon, Carlos Moncrief and Ronny Rodriguez – both members of the Captains – hit homers. When both clubs hit a home run, the Bees are 11-10. Burlington went 1-for-1 with runners in scoring position in yesterday’s game, while the Captains went 3-for-7. Lake County sends a right-handed pitcher out to the mound to start today’s game and the Bees are 39-30 against right-handers.
Yesterday, Bees 1B Josh Whitaker blasted his third grand slam this season – 11th home run – over Community Field’s left field wall. His last homer was in the bottom of the sixth inning against Quad Cities RHP Trevor Rosenthal on July 8. He leads the Midwest League with a .557 slugging percentage and sits second in the MWL in batting average (.316).
Burlington RHP Josh Bowman (6-3, 3.51) leads the Midwest League in games started (19) and innings pitched (112.2). He started yesterday’s game, received a no decision and allowed three earned runs on eight hits and struck out three in five innings of work.
Bees RHP Daniel Tenholder (3-2, 2.78) notched his 10th save of the season yesterday afternoon. He sits in a tie with Dayton RHP Drew Hayes (1-2, 1.77) for games finished (26).
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Bees RHP Blake Hassebrock (5-5, 2.03) has been named “Midwest League Pitcher of the Week” for the week of July 11-17. He pitched seven scoreless innings, struck out seven and earned the win against the Fort Wayne TinCaps on July 14 in his longest outing of the season.
“I feel very fortunate to have received this award,” said Hassebrock, who sits in third place in the MWL in ERA. “I also feel fortunate to get a win last week. A lot of credit goes to my team’s defense and my catcher. As the dog days approach, I feel like this team is getting stronger and stronger.”
Hassebrock becomes the second Burlington Bees starting pitcher to garner “Pitcher of the Week” honors after RHP Jose Macias earned the honors for the week of May 23-29.
Bees Manager Aaron Nieckula earned his 400th win of his career yesterday afternoon. “I didn’t know going in it was for my 400th win. I didn’t find out until post-game that it was,” said Nieckula, who began his career as the manager of the Kane County Cougars in 2006. “It felt like any other win. I would be lying if I said it was not a great accomplishment. In the minor leagues if we win great, but it’s about developing the players.”
Lake County LHP J.D. Reichenbach (4-1, 3.74) was supposed to start yesterday’s game, but was a late scratch. RHP Jordan Cooper (2-3, 5.14) toed the rubber for the Captains instead and allowed four earned runs on five hits, walked two and fanned three in four innings of work.