After literally months of anticipation since the Bees clinched the first half Western Division crown in late June, the day is finally here. I’m just a few hours away from broadcasting game one of the 2011 Midwest League Playoffs here at Elfstrom Stadium in Geneva, IL between the Bees and the Kane County Cougars. Tonight’s first game should give us a tremendous pitching match-up.
RHP Blake Hassebrock will get the start for Burlington against RHP Greg Billo for Kane County. Hassebrock is coming off a start against Wisconsin where he allowed one earned run on four hits over five innings pitched. The High Point, NC resident has plenty of work against Kane County this season, logging a 1-1 record with a 1.47 ERA over three starts. He’s allowed three earned runs on 14 hits in 18.1 innings pitched.
Offensively Burlington will have its hands full against the top pitcher in the Midwest League in 2011, RHP Greg Billo. The 21-year old was 9-5 with a 1.93 ERA in 135 innings pitched. He logged 119 strikeouts and gave up 113 hits. Billo is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA against Burlington in two starts this season. He’s surrendered three earned runs on 10 hits over nine innings pitched.