Two Bucks Gets You In…
The Burlington Bees (14-28) and Clinton LumberKings (22-20), the Midwest League affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, play game three of their four-game series tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Community Field. It’s “Dollar Monday,” presented by Miller Lite. Adult general admission tickets are just $2 and senior/student general admission tickets, hot dogs, pizza, popcorn, and cans of Pepsi products are just a dollar. Fans can enjoy 16 oz. cans of Miller Lite and Coors Light for just $3.25 sponsored by Miller Lite and Everything That Rocks KQ92.
LHP Anthony Fernandez (4-3, 3.11) gets his 15th start of the season in a LumberKings uniform today. His last start was on August 3 against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in Wisconsin where he allowed one run on six hits in 7.1 innings. This season he has split time between Clinton and the High Desert Mavericks (CAL High A). Tonight’s start is Fernandez’s 21st start of the year between the two clubs. The Mariners signed Fernandez, 21, as a non-drafted free agent on September 29, 2006. He spent last year with the Everett AquaSox (NWL SS-A) and was named the team Pitcher of the Year by the Mariners, as well as to the Northwest League All-Star Team. He ranked third among Seattle farmhands with a 2.59 ERA, allowed three earned runs or less in 12 of 15 starts and one earned run or less in 10 starts. Fernandez has a record of 3-0 on the road to go along with a 2.03 ERA. This will be the fourth time this season that he has faced the Bees. Burlington has a record of 17-14 against left-handed starting pitchers.
RHP Josh Bowman (7-4, 3.64) toes the rubber for the Bees this evening. He leads the Midwest League in innings pitched (128.2). In his last start on August 3 against the Peoria Chiefs in Peoria, he allowed three runs on five hits in five innings of action. Bowman has an overall record of 4-1 in home games and a 3.86 ERA. In night games, he has a 4.01 ERA and is 4-4. He has a 5.40 ERA in one start in the month of August. Typically, Bowman struggles in the fourth inning. He has a 5.06 ERA and has allowed 26 hits in 21.1 innings of work in the fourth inning. When the bases are empty, opponents are batting .250 against him. When runners are on base, opponents have a .238 batting average. When runners are on with two outs, opponents are batting a dismal .165 against Bowman. This will be the fourth time this season that he has faced the LumberKings.
Burlington RHP Nate Long (6-6) allowed two runs on four hits in six innings but the Bees scored only one run and lost to the LumberKings by a score of 4-1 at Community Field Sunday afternoon. Clinton started the scoring in the top of the third inning after CF Mike McGee (1-4) drew a two-out walk. A single to center field from LF Julio Morban (2-3) moved McGee to second base. DH Kevin Rivers (0-2) walked, advancing McGee to third base and Morban to second base. A two-RBI single from 2B Stefen Romero (2-4) gave the LumberKings a 2-0 lead. In the top of the seventh inning, McGee hit a solo home run to right field to make the score 3-0. Morban hit a one-out double to left field and scored on a RBI single from Romero in the top of the ninth inning to put Clinton up 4-0. Burlington 1B Josh Whitaker (0-2) drew a lead-off walk in the bottom of the ninth inning and scored on a single to left field from RF Douglas Landaeta (1-4) to get Burlington within three runs at 4-1.
BEES BY THE NUMBERS
Tonight’s game will be the 113th game the Bees have played this season, and the 56th game played at Community Field. Burlington has a record of 33-22 in home games this season. The Bees had five hits last night against the LumberKings, while Clinton had eight hits. The Bees have a record of 11-34 when out-hit by their opponent.
Bees IF Josh Whitaker sits in second place in the Midwest League for batting with a .316 average. He leads the MWL in slugging percentage (.552). Whitaker has played in 88 games this season, has 14 home runs and 54 RBIs.
The Bees pitching staff walked eight LumberKings last night, which is the most walks allowed in a game by the staff this season. The previous high was six, which was set in Clinton on April 7.
Burlington RHP Nate Long (6-6) set a new career high for most walks in a game (5) last night against Clinton. His previous career high was three, which he set in Kane County on July 10.
Yesterday afternoon’s game between the Bees and LumberKings lasted 2:41. Saturday night’s game was ten minutes shorter (2:31).