by Matthew Wheaton
Media Relations Intern
The Bees had yesterday off, as did the rest of the Midwest League. Burlington (9-15) begins a three-game series in Bowling Green, Kentucky against the Bowling Green Hot Rods (10-14), who are the Midwest League affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, tonight at 7:05 p.m. Pre-game coverage begins at 6:45 p.m. on Newsradio 1490 KBUR and online at www.gobees.com. When the Bees finish their series with the Hot Rods, they travel to Dayton, Ohio to play a three-game series with the Dayton Dragons before returning to Community Field to play a three-game series against the Beloit Snappers on Wednesday, July 27.
RHP George Jensen (8-4, 5.64) toes the rubber for the Hot Rods this evening. He was drafted by Tampa Bay in the 46th round of the 2010 amateur draft out of Des Moines (Iowa) Area Community College, where he threw a no-hitter as a sophomore. Jensen last pitched against the Cedar Rapids Kernels on July 14. He allowed eight earned runs on eleven hits over 3.2 innings and received the loss. He has an overall record of 5-1 to go along with a 4.22 ERA in games played at home – Bowling Green Ballpark. His worst inning ERA wise is the seventh where he has a 27.00 ERA in 1/3 of an inning of work. Opposing batters are hitting .327 against Jensen when runners are in scoring position and .262 against him when runners are in scoring position and there are two outs. When the bases are loaded, opposing batters are hitting .125 against Jensen.
RHP Blake Hassebrock (5-5, 2.03), who was named “Midwest League Pitcher of the Week” for the week of July 11-17 on Monday, gets the start for the Bees tonight. He last pitched on July 14 against the Fort Wayne TinCaps. He pitched seven scoreless innings, struck out seven and earned the win against Fort Wayne in his longest outing of the season. Hassebrock has an overall record of 2-1 to go along with a 2.15 ERA in games played on the road. His worst inning this season ERA wise has been the sixth where he has a 3.48 ERA in 10.1 innings. Opposing batters are hitting .262 against Hassebrock when runners are in scoring position and .301 against him when runners are in scoring position and there are two outs. When the bases are loaded, opposing batters are hitting .333 against Hassebrock.
The Bees found themselves down 9-0 after three innings of action and fought their way back to tie the game at 9-9 after eight innings, but lost to the Lake County Captains (9-15) by a score of 10-9 in 12 innings at Community Field Monday night. Lake County started the scoring in the top of the first inning after CF Carlos Moncrief (2-7) hit a lead-off single to left field. A single to center field from LF Brian Heere (5-7) moved Moncrief to third base. Captains 3B Giovanny Urshela (0-2) was hit by a pitch from Burlington RHP Jose Macias. Moncrief scored on an RBI single to left field from 1B Jesus Aguilar (1-4), which moved Heere to third base and Urshela to second base. SS Ronny Rodriguez (3-5) knocked in Heere with a RBI single to left field. DH Aaron Fields (2-6) reached first base on a fielder’s choice, plating Urshela. Aguilar and Fields scored on two-run double to left field by 2B Kevin Fontanez (1-6). Fields scored on a RBI ground out from RF Nick Bartolone (1-6), and the Captains held a 5-0 lead. In the top of the second inning, Rodriguez hit a two-run triple off the right field wall. A RBI single to left field by Fields gave Lake County an 8-0 advantage. In the top of the third inning, a RBI single to center field from Heere scored Bartolone and the Captains held a 9-0 lead. Burlington DH Josh Whitaker (2-6) smacked a two-run home run over the left field wall in the bottom of the fourth inning, plating 3B Tony Thompson (1-3) to make the score 9-2. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Lake County RHP Mike Goodnight issued back-to-back one-out walks, putting C Beau Taylor (0-2) and LF Royce Consigli (2-5) on base. A RBI double to left field from IF Ryan Pineda (3-6) plated Taylor and Consigli advanced to third base. He scored on a ground out from Thompson. A RBI single off the glove of Urshela from Whitaker plated Pineda to get Burlington within four runs at 9-5. Consigli led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a single to center field. Pineda hit a triple to right field, scoring Consigli. A RBI single from Thompson knocked in Pineda to make the score 9-7. Pineda finished a home run short of the cycle. After Bees SS Wade Kirkland (0-5) drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the eighth inning, CF Jose Crisotomo (1-5) hit a ground-rule double to right field. With pinch-hitter John Nester (0-1) at the plate, Lake County LHP Kyle Petter balked. Kirkland scored and Crisotomo advanced to third base on the balk. With Nester at the dish, Crisotomo scored on a wild pitch from Petter to tie the game at 9-9. In the top of the 12th inning, Moncrief hit a two-out double and then scored on a single to right field by Heere to put the Captains up 10-9.
BEES BY THE NUMBERS
Tonight’s game will be the 45th game the Bees have played away from Community Field this season. The Bees have a record of 23-21 in road games. Burlington lost to Lake County by one-run Monday night, and the Bees have a record of 20-18 in one-run games. Monday night’s game lasted 12 innings. Burlington has a record of 7-5 in extra-inning games this season. The Bees have a record of 6-11 this month. The Bees and Captains combined for 29 hits Monday night. In case you wondered, the most hits in a Midwest League game combined is 45, which occurred on May 8, 1999 when Kane County (23) faced Cedar Rapids (22) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Burlington RHP Jose Macias (2-2, 5.93) started Monday night’s game and allowed eight runs and eight hits in 1.2 innings of work, which was his shortest outing this season. The eight runs he allowed is the most runs a Bees pitcher has allowed in a game this season.
Bees IF Ryan Pineda was a home run short of a cycle Monday night.
Lake County LHP J.D. Reichenbach (5-1, 3.63) who was supposed to start Sunday’s game, but was a late scratch, served as a relief pitcher Monday night and earned the win. He pitched the final two innings, which were scoreless, and struck out two.