Three Regular Season Games Remain…
It’s “Friends and Family Night” at Community Field tonight. Bring your family and friends, and get exciting baseball plus extra fun with theme nights, and everyone gets to run the bases after the game sponsored by KCPS AM 1150.
Your Bees and the Cedar Rapids Kernels, the Midwest League affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, begin their three-game series tonight at 6:30 p.m. It is the final regular season series for both teams and the final three games of the year for the Kernels, who won’t make the playoff cut. The Bees will face Kane County on Thursday, Sept. 8 in Geneva, Ill. if Clinton notches a win tonight. Like I wrote yesterday, the Cougars are more than likely going to be the Bees first round opponent in the playoffs even if Clinton loses tonight, because the second place team in the division plays the River Bandits. Clinton holds a 1.5 game lead over the Cougars for second place. I could be wrong. You never know what the baseball gods will have in store for the LumberKings and the Cougars.
RHP Seth Fowler (3-4, 6.71 ERA) gets the start for the Kernels tonight. He last took the mound on August 29 against Wisconsin. He allowed three runs on six hits over six innings pitched to pick up the win. The Angels signed Fowler as a non-drafted free agent in 2010 and he split time last season between the AZL Angels and Orem.
RHP Josh Bowman (8-6, 3.60) takes the mound for the Burlington Bees this evening. His last appearance came against the Quad Cities River Bandits. He allowed four earned runs on eight hits over five innings pitched. Bowman was selected by the Oakland Athletics out of the University of Tampa in the 10th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft. He concluded his senior season with an 8-5 record and 3.92 ERA. In 85 innings, he notched 85 strikeouts. The hurler has taken mission trips to West Virginia, Tennessee, Puerto Rico and Mexico.
The Bees defeated the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (28-39) by a score of 7-2 Friday night. Bees RHP Drew Tyson (5-4) allowed one hit in two scoreless innings and earned the win. Bees RF Douglas Landaeta (2-4) hit a lead-off double in the bottom of the second inning and advanced to third base on a ground out by 2B Ryan Pineda (2-4). A sacrifice fly from 3B Wade Kirkland (2-3) plated Landaeta to put Burlington up 1-0. In the top of the third inning, Wisconsin RF T.J. Mittelstaedt (1-4) hit a solo home run to center field to knot the game at 1-1. Wisconsin C Rafael Neda (1-3) hit a two-out single to center field in the top of the fourth inning. With 3B Gregory Hopkins (0-3) batting, Bees RHP Blake Hassebrock threw a wild pitch and Neda advanced to second base. Hopkins reached first base on a fielding error by Bees SS Yordy Cabrera (1-4) and Neda moved to third base. With Wisconsin SS Nick Shaw (0-4) at the dish, Neda scored on a throwing error by Hassebrock to give the Timber Rattlers a 2-1 lead. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Burlington 1B A.J. Kirby Jones (2-4) hit a two-out single to center field and moved to third base on a single to right field by Landaeta. With Pineda at the dish, Landaeta stole second base. A double to center field from Pineda plated Kirby- Jones and Landaeta. Pineda scored on a double to left field from Kirkland and Burlington took a 4-2 lead. Kirby-Jones led-off the bottom of the eighth inning with a single to right field and advanced to second base on a single to left field by Pineda. Kirkland smacked a double to left field, scoring Kirby-Jones and moving Pineda to third base. A sacrifice fly to center field from C John Nester (0-1) plated Pineda and moved Kirkland to third. A single to left field by Cabrera scored Kirkland and the Bees took a 7-2 lead. Hassebrock allowed two runs on four hits and struck out six in five innings of work in a no decision. Bees RHP Blake Treinen pitched a scoreless inning and earned the hold.
Burlington RHP Zach Thornton has been promoted to AA Midland effective immediately. Bees OF Jose Crisotomo has been activated from the disabled list and will be the designated hitter in tonight’s game. With the roster moves, the Bees active roster is at 24. Thornton appeared in 40 games for the Bees. He had an overall record of 5-4 with a 2.39 ERA. Crisotomo has played in 44 games and has a .333 batting average.
Today is IF Yordy Cabrera’s 21st birthday. Make sure that you come out to the game tonight and wish him a Happy Birthday! Cabrera has a .182 batting average in 11 at-bats in the last five games. He has played in three out of the last five games. His luck should turn around tonight right, I mean it is his big day. He is starting at shortstop tonight and batting out of the eighth hole.
IF A.J. Kirby-Jones, IF Ryan Pineda and OF Douglas Landaeta all went 2-for-4 at the dish in last night’s 7-2 win over the Timber Rattlers. IF Wade Kirkland went 2-for-3 in the victory and had three RBIs.
Both the Timber Rattlers and the Bees left six runners on base last night.