The Burlington Bees (14-29) and Clinton LumberKings (23-20), the Midwest League affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, wrap up their four-game series tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Community Field. It’s “Two-for-Tuesday.” Be sure to look for the coupon good for two-for-one general admission tickets in today’s Hawk Eye newspaper brought to you by 101.7 The Bull. Fans can also bring their package wrapper from KRAFT singles and buy one ticket and get one free. Exclusions do apply.
LHP Roenis Elis (1-0, 0.00) gets his second start of the season for the LumberKings tonight. His last start was on August 4 against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in Wisconsin where he allowed one run on five hits in 6.1 innings and was credited with the win. This season he has split time among three Mariners affiliates: Clinton, the Pulaski Mariners in the Appalachian League and the Arizona Rookie League Mariners. Tonight’s start is Elis’ third start of the year between Clinton and Pulaski, and he is facing the Bees for the first time in his professional career. He has come out of the bullpen on three occasions — once in Arizona and twice in Pulaski. The Mariners singed him as a 2011 non-drafted free agent. He is originally from Guantanamo, Cuba.
RHP Jose Macias toes the rubber in his 11th start in a Bees uniform this evening. In his last start on August 4 against the Peoria Chiefs in Peoria, he allowed two runs on nine hits in seven innings of action and earned the win. He started on the hill in four games for the Vermont Lake Monsters in the New York-Penn League and had a record of 2-2. He is 4-3 with a 5.01 ERA as a member of the Bees. Macias’ worst inning as a Bee has been the first where he has an 11.70 ERA and has allowed 15 runs on 19 hits over 10 innings.
The Bees and LumberKings were tied at 2-2 after four innings before the LumberKings pushed three runs across home plate in the top of the eighth inning for a 5-2 win before 1,065 fans at Community Field Monday night. LumberKings 2B Stefen Romero (2-4) hit a solo home run to right field to lead off the top of the second inning to put Clinton up 1-0. In the bottom of the third inning, Bees CF Tyreace House (1-3) hit an infield single and advanced to second base on a throwing error from Romero. A RBI-single to left field from C Beau Taylor (1-4) plated House and tied the game at 1-1. Clinton CF Mike McGee (0-2) drew a lead-off walk in the top of the fourth inning and scored on a RBI single to center field from RF Kalian Sams (1-4) to give Clinton a 2-1 lead. Burlington 1B Josh Whitaker (2-4) led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a single to center field and later scored on a RBI single from LF Royce Consigli (1-3) to knot the game at 2-2. McGee earned a walk in the top of the eighth inning and moved to second base on a single to center field from Romero. A RBI single from DH Mickey Wiswall (2-4) plated McGee. Romero scored from third base on a RBI single by 1B Tim Morris (1-4). Sams reached first base on a fielder’s choice, scoring Wiswall from third base and the LumberKings took a 5-2 lead. Bees RHP Josh Bowman allowed two runs on six hits over five innings of work in a no decision. Bees RHP Daniel Tenholder allowed one hit in two innings on the mound.
BEES BY THE NUMBERS
Tonight’s game will be the 114th game the Bees have played this season, and the 57th game played at Community Field. The Bees won the MWL Western Division in the first half of the season with an overall record of 45-25, which was the best record in the league in the first half. Burlington has struggled to get wins in the second half of the season. The Bees’ 14-29 record is the worst in the MWL in the second half.
As a team the Bees are batting .217 in the last five games and have scored 21 runs, while their opponents have scored 26 runs.
OF Jose Crisotomo was activated from the Disabled List right before the game last night. IF A.J. Kirby-Jones was placed on the Disabled List. Crisotomo gets the start in right field tonight against the LumberKings and will hit out of the eighth hole.
Last night’s game between the Bees and LumberKings lasted two hours and 42 miunutes. Sunday afternoon’s game was a minute longer (2:43).