Playoff opponent is now set…

by Matthew Wheaton
Media Relations Intern

There is not much to write about Bees wise thanks to yesterday’s game being cancelled due to the rain that hit the area. The Bees and Cedar Rapids Kernels begin their series today at 2:00 p.m. The series was originally scheduled to be three games, but will only be two now after yesterday’s game was cancelled. It’s Louisa Communications Kids Day at Community Field.” All kids 12 and under get in free (when accompanied by a paid adult) and get to run the bases after the game brought to you by Louisa Communications. It’s also “Faith Day.” All fans who bring their Church bulletin on Sunday home games (excluding Community Basket Day) get $1 off up to four general admission tickets.

As far as I know, RHP Seth Fowler (3-4, 6.71) will start today for the Kernels. He was supposed to start last night. 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.

Bees RHP Josh Bowman (6-6, 3.60), who was supposed to start last night, will start on the bump today. His last appearance came against the Quad Cities River Bandits. He allowed four earned runs on eight hits over five innings pitched.

Playoffs
The Bees will face Kane County in the first round of the playoffs. The Bees will travel to Geneva, Ill. and face the Cougars in the first game on Wednesday night at 6:00 p.m. The Cougars travel to Burlington on Thursday to take on the Bees, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. If the series is tied at one game a piece after Thursday then both squads will face each other in Burlington on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Former Bees Update
Former Bee Zach Thornton was called up to AA Midland yesterday and pitched for the RockHounds last night. He allowed one hit and fanned four in three innings of work.

RHP Seth Frankoff, who started five games for the Bees early in the year, allowed four hits, struck out five, walked one over six innings and earned the win for the SS-A Vermont Lake Monsters last night.

OF Jose Rivero went 0-for-3 at the dish and C Juan Nunez went 0-for-1 last night. Both players were called up to Midland on Thursday, Sept. 1. In case you wondered, the RockHounds lost to Frisco 9-4.

Steals
Dayton SS Billy Hamilton stole three bases including his 100th of the season as the Dragons defeated the Lansing Lugnuts 4-2 last night. Hamilton became just the 12th player in recorded MiLB history to steal 100 bases in a season. He broke the Cincinnati Reds all-time organizational record, surpassing Ramon Sambo’s 98 with the Cedar Rapids Reds in 1988. Hamilton is the first player to steal 100 bases in a season since 2001 when Chris Morris of Peoria stole a Midwest League record 111. As a club, Dayton has 223 steals this season. The record for the most stolen bases in a season by a club is 319 set by Burlington in 1980.

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