You Got To Have Faith…

by Matthew Wheaton
Media Relations Intern

The Burlington Bees (14-27) and Clinton LumberKings (21-20), the Midwest League affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, play game two of their four-game series this afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at Community Field. It’s “Louisa Communications Kids Day.” All kids 12 and under get in free and get to run the bases after the game. It’s also “Faith Day” at Community Field. Fans that bring their church bulletin to the box office will receive one dollar off up to four general admission tickets to the game.

RHP Stephen Kohlscheen (1-3, 6.59) gets his second start of the season for Clinton today. He has pitched mainly out of the bullpen for the LumberKings this season. His last start for Clinton was on May 2. This season, he has split time between Clinton and the Everett AquaSox. This afternoon’s start is Kohlscheen’s 10th start of the year between the two clubs. He last pitched on August 4 for the AquaSox, allowing one hit in one inning of work.

Kohlscheen, who stands at 6-foot-6, was drafted out of Norman North (Okla.) High School by the Florida Marlins in the 43rd round of the 2007 MLB Draft, but didn’t sign. He led Norman North to its first state tournament appearance in school history during his junior year. In 2009, he was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 30th round of the MLB Draft out of Cowley (Kan.) College, but elected not to sign. He led the Tigers to the 2009 NJCAA Div. I World Series. The Mariners’ drafted Kohlscheen in the 45th round of the 2010 MLB Draft out of Auburn University. He has a record of 0-2 to go along with an 8.10 ERA in away games, and has a 5.06 ERA in day games.

RHP Nate Long (6-5, 3.27) toes the rubber for the Bees this afternoon. In his last start on August 2 against the Peoria Chiefs in Peoria, he allowed two runs on seven hits in seven innings of action. Long has an overall record of 3-2 in home games, two saves, and a 2.45 ERA. In day games, he has a 14.40 ERA and is 0-1. He has a 2.57 ERA in the month of August. Typically, Long struggles in the second inning. He has a 6.30 ERA and has allowed nine hits in 10 innings of work in the second inning. When the bases are empty, opponents are batting .237 against him. When runners are on base, opponents have a .242 batting average. When runners are on with two outs, opponents are batting a dismal .173 against Long.

The Bees scored six runs over the first three innings to secure an 8-4 win over the Clinton LumberKings before 1,197 fans at Community Field on Saturday night in the opening game of a four-game series. Clinton scored a single run in the top of the first inning against Burlington RHP Jonathan Joseph (3-4). CF Mike McGee (1-4) doubled and scored on a triple by 2B Stefen Romero (1-4) for a 1-0 lead. Burlington scored four runs in the bottom half of the first inning against Clinton LHP Tony Butler (1-2). DH Ryan Pineda (1-4) doubled and LF Royce Consigli (0-3) walked. 1B Josh Whitaker (1-3) singled to load the bases. 3B Tony Thompson (1-3) doubled both Pineda and Consigli across home plate and pushed Whitaker to third base. RF Douglas Landaeta (1-3) lifted a sacrifice fly to left field to score Whitaker. Thompson scored on a throwing error by Butler in an errant pick-off attempt to make it 4-0. 2B Nino Leyja (2-4) hit a solo home run over the left field wall in the bottom of the second inning to make it 5-0. Clinton scored a run in the top of the third inning on a solo home run by LF Julio Morban (3-4) to shave the lead to 5-1. In the bottom of the third inning, Thompson lifted a sacrifice fly to center field to score Whitaker and make it 6-2. The LumberKings scored single runs in the fifth and eighth innings to get the score to 6-4. CF Tyreace House (2-4) added a two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning to increase the Burlington lead to 8-4. RHP Jonathan Joseph pitched five innings for the win. RHP Blake Treinen tossed two scoreless innings, and RHP Pedro Vidal pitched two scoreless innings for his second save of 2011.

This afternoon’s game will be the 112th game the Bees have played this season. Burlington has a record of 13-9 in day games this season. The Bees had eight hits last night against the LumberKings, while Clinton had nine hits. The Bees have a record of 11-33 when out-hit by their opponent. Both the Bees and the LumberKings left four runners on base last night.

OF Royce Consigli, SS Wade Kirkland, and C John Nester are the only Bees that didn’t notch a hit in last night’s 8-4 win over the LumberKings. Consigli is batting .059 in 17 at-bats in his last five games.

IF Nino Leyja hit his second home run of the season last night off of Clinton’s Tony Butler in the bottom of the second inning. Leyja’s last home run was on June 26 in Clinton off of Anthony Fernandez in the top of the second inning. Both of Leyja’s homers have been solo shots. Butler committed three errors in the game, and has four on the year.

RHP Blake Treinen’s line from last night: 2 innings pitched, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 0 walks, 0 strikeouts, and 0 home runs. Treinen secured his first hold of the season last night.

The Midland RockHounds, Oakland’s Texas League affiliate, defeated the Corpus Christi Hooks by a score of 4-3 on Friday and Saturday night.

Former Bee Johnny Giavotella was called up to the Kansas City Royals and made his major league debut Friday night at Kauffman Stadium, debuting at second base and going 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit’s 4-3 victory. Giavotella hit .299 with four home runs and 26 RBIs in 68 games played with Burlington in 2008. At the time of his promotion, he was hitting .338 with nine home runs and 72 RBIs for the AAA Omaha Storm Chasers.

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