Regular season about over

by Matthew Wheaton
Media Relations Intern

Don’t forget that after tonight the Bees have only three games remaining in the regular season, which are against the Cedar Rapids Kernels. The Bees begin their playoff run on Wednesday, Sept. 7 on the road against either Clinton or Kane County. At this point in time it looks like the Bees will be traveling to Geneva, as the LumberKings have a 2.5 game lead over the Cougars and the second place team in the division will face the Quad Cities River Bandits.

The Burlington Bees (29-36) and Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, the Midwest League affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, wrap-up their three-game series on tonight at 6:30 p.m. It’s “Big Fun Friday” at Community Field. Fans can enjoy 16 oz. cans of Bud Light and Busch Light for just $3.25 sponsored by Budweiser, Today’s Hit Music Hot 97.3, and Your Hometown Station, Big Country 103.1. It is also “Iowa-Iowa St. Rivalry Night.” Fans should how their allegiance in this bitter rivalry by supporting their favorite team.

RHP Jimmy Nelson gets the start for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers tonight. He last took the mound on August 28 against Cedar Rapids. He allowed one run on five hits over seven innings pitched to pick up the win. He is 8-8 with a 4.30 ERA in 2011. Nelson entered the 2011 season as the eighth-best prospect in the Brewers organization according to Baseball America. He was selected by Milwaukee in the second round of the 2010 draft. He was originally drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 39th round of the 2007 draft but didn’t sign.

RHP Blake Hassebrock takes the mound for the Bees this evening. His last appearance came against Beloit on August 26. He allowed four earned runs on four hits over 3.1 innings pitched. He is 7-8 with a 2.67 ERA in 2011. Hassebrock was selected in the eighth round of the 2010 draft by Oakland. He stands at six-foot-five and throws a four-seamer, two-seamer, slider and change-up.

The Bees scored six runs in the fourth inning to earn a 6-3 win over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at Community Field on Thursday night. LF Royce Consigli (1-4) led off the sixth inning with a single and moved to second base when DH Josh Whitaker (0-2) reached on a walk. Both men scored on a single by 1B A.J. Kirby-Jones (1-4) for a 2-0 lead. RF Douglas Lanadaeta (1-4) followed with a single to move Kirby-Jones to third base. 3B Wade Kirkland (1-3) singled home Kirby-Jones for a 3-0 lead. C John Nester (1-2) followed with a two-run double. He moved to third base on a ground out by SS Yordy Cabrera (0-2) and CF Tyreace House (0-2) hit a sacrifice fly to score Nester for a 6-0 lead. RHP Jonathan Joseph (6-4) pitched six innings and allowed two runs on five hits to earn the win. RHP Pedro Vidal pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his fifth save of the season.

Burlington C Juan Nunez and OF Jose Rivero have been promoted to AA Midland effective immediately. With the roster moves, the Bees active roster is at 24. Nunez, who was recently activated off the Disabled List on August 27, leaves Burlington with a .105 batting average in 12 games. Rivero was hitting .196 with two home runs and 22 RBIs.


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