For Immediate Release
By: RJ Larson
May 17, 2018
Photos by: Steve Cirinna
Anfernee Benitez tosses two and a third innings of relief in Bees debut
Cougars offense hard to handle in blowout loss for Bees
Bees give up eight runs in the first and fourth inning, in series finale vs Kane County
Burlington, IA. - It was a rough game at Community Field, as the Burlington Bees (16-21) get dominated in a 21-6 loss to the Kane County Cougars (19-17). It was a rough all-around game for the Bees, especially for their pitching staff. Sam Pastrone (2-2) was pulled in the first inning after failing to record an out, and gave up seven runs, on two hits, and three walks. However, only two of the runs Pastrone gave up were actually earned. James Ziemba was the one bright spot on the night, pitching two and two-thirds inning, giving up just one hit and recording one strikeout.
Mack Lemieux got the start for the Cougars, although didn't have much success either. Lemieux went just one and a third inning, allowing six runs on six hits, and giving up two walks. However, the Cougars bullpen shined once again, and held the Bees scoreless for the remainder of the game. Carlos Bustamante (2-1) who came in relief for Lemieux in the second inning picked up the victory, going two and two-thirds, allowing just one hit and one walk, while tossing three strikeouts.
side, Samuel Pastrone struggled early in the game but the Bees defense would help his cause and hold the Dragons to only two runs in the first three innings. Pastrone threw 69 pitches, 29 strikes, walked five batters and gave up two runs on two hits. He would also record his only strikeout against Montrell Marshall in the first inning.
Lots of early scoring
The Cougars got out to an 8-0 lead after the first, after a wild inning. Gabriel Maciel started off the game by reaching on an error, after Bees second basemen Franklin Torres threw the ball way past David MacKinnon the throw to first. Jasrado Chisholm drew a walk, and Yoel Yanqui singled to load the bases, and Renae Martinez hit a line drive down the third base line to make it 1-0. Ernie De La Trinidad drew a bases loaded walk, and Yan Sanchez reached on a throwing error by Leonardo Rivas, which allowed two more runs to score and make it 4-0 Cougars. After a walk from Joey Rose, Tim Susnara grounded into a fielder's choice, but a fielding error by MacKinnon allowed Susnara to reach safely, De La Trinidad scored and made the score 5-0. The nine hitter Joncarlos Cintron hit an RBI single to right, as the Cougars managed to hit their entire line-up in the first, without the Bees recording an out. The Cougars added three more on a sac fly from Chisholm, and a two-run single from Yanqui.
Although the Bees were down big early, they still managed to make it a game early. After a one out single from Brandon Marsh, Jo Adell blasted his fourth homerun of the season to left, cutting the Cougars lead to 8-2. MacKinnon would walk and advance to second on a wild pitch, and Keinner Pina hit a double to left, making the score 8-3 Cougars.
The Bees would make things interesting in the second, cutting the Cougars lead down to two runs. After a Jeyson Sanchez single and Rivas walk, Marsh hit a line drive into the right center gap, to score two more runs, making it 8-5. Jo Adell would get his third RBI on the day on a single to right, cutting the Cougars lead to 8-6.
Photos by: Steve Cirinna
Jo Adell crushes his fourth homerun of the season, and brings his RBI total up to 27 on the season
Another big inning ices things
One eight run inning wasn't enough for the Cougars, Kane County put the icing on the cake after their second big inning of the game. Yanqui lead off the inning with a single and stole second, and Martinez got his second RBI of the game on a single to right, giving the Cougars a 9-6 lead. After a single from De La Trinidad, Yan Sanchez singled to left to score Martinez, and next batter Joey Rose hit a ground rule double to right center, scoring another run, making the score 10-6.
Susnara would draw a walk, and Cintron would reach on a fielding error by Pineda at third, which scored another unearned run for the Cougars and loading the bases. Maciel would get an RBI for a bases loaded walk, and Chisholm would hit a sacrifice fly to right, making the score 14-6. Chisholm would add the final two runs of the inning on a double, making it 16-6 and completely erasing any chances of a Bees comeback.
Defense big factor in loss
Although the pitching was not there for the Bees in this game, you have to take a look at the defensive struggles. Burlington had four errors in the game, which lead to nine unearned runs, five of which came in the first inning. If the Bees make those plays in the first inning, this ballgame is completely different. The Bees are much closer in the game, giving them more momentum throughout on offense. This was a rough defensive series for the Bees, and they will need to get sharper in their upcoming series.
Cougars bullpen throws another sharp outing
Kane County didn't get much breaks with their starter Mack Lemieux getting pulled in the second inning, after allowing six earned runs. However, the Cougars bullpen was their best weapon, shutting out the Bees offense the rest of the game. The Bees offense only recorded one hit after the call to the bullpen and suffered eleven strikeouts. Although the Bees were still very patient at the plate, drawing six walks. However, they could not find any big hits to get back any runs.
The Bees will look to shake off this three to one game series loss tomorrow in their series opener in Appleton Wisconsin, as they take on the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. The Bees are yet to name a starter for Friday's game, but have Simon Matthews as the probable on Saturday, and Luis Madero as the probable starter for Sunday's game. Friday's game will begin at 6:30 pm central time, and the weekend games are set to start at 1:05 pm central time.
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