For Immediate Release
By: Bees Staff Writer
April 22, 2018
Photos by: Steve Cirinna
Keinner Pina Singles on a line drive to center field in the bottom of the 3rd inning.
Bees Split Double Header with Quad Cities, (3-2), (2-3)
Mitchell Traver gets his second win (2-1) in game one, Malmin get the loss in game two against Quad Cities.
Burlington, IA. - After playing two double headers in as many days, the Bees come out of a long weekend of games with two wins and two losses bringing their record to 7-7. The defending Midwest League Champion, Quad Cities River Bandits managed to steal the second game of both double headers at Community Field and avoided a Bees sweep of the series.
Game 1 Pitching
In game one, the Bees pulled away with a 3-2 win but the River Bandits didn't go away quietly.
Mitchell Traver (2-1) threw 74 pitches in five innings, gave up four hits, walked one batter, and collected two strikeouts. In the third inning, Traver would give up three hits and a run. Two of those three hits were doubles and all of them were hit hard to the outfield. He would give up another run in the second but would bounce back in the third and fourth innings. Four forced flyouts and two strikeouts later, he would exit the game and set the stage for Brett Hanewich and a chance to get his first save.
To start the Sixth inning, Hanewich gave up a line drive hit to Adrian Tovalin , that skipped over the top of second base. Tough double play 6-4-3 to clear the bases for Hanewich to relax and get the last out.The last out was unassisted to the first baseman who was interfered with by De La Cruz as he rounded first and was called out.
Offense Sticks to The Plan
Creating and capitalizing on scoring opportunities is the name of the game at all levels of baseball. The Bees offense as of late has shown that it can use its talent and skill to compete and win games. This Quad Cities series served as a platform for what winning should look like in the Midwest league this summer. The Bees would score three runs in the first inning and give themselves a chance to put pressure on the Quad Cities defense. After scoring 28 runs against Quad Cities, at their ballpark two days before, these last two games in series would give the Bees a chance to set the tone for their capabilities as a whole.
Photos by: Steve Cirinna
Spencer Griffin single would score Rivas and Adell from second and third.
Leonardo Rivas led off with a double in the first inning followed by Jo Adell's double to left field. A Spencer Griffin single would score Rivas and Adell from second and third. The speed of Jo Adell helped break the game open on the base paths.
What the Numbers Show
The Bees are currently leading the Midwest League in two offensive categories with 86 walks on an on base percentage off .386 on the season. Winning these two categories creates opportunities to turn walks and hits into scoring chances. In the top of the fourth inning Two fly balls to center in center field helped Traver save a few pitches in the fourth. Bees outfielder, Spencer Griffin would showcase his speed with two difficult fly balls over his right shoulder. Speed anticipation, and quickness will continue to be pivotal for this current Bees roster.
Bees Drop Game #2 Despite Overall Solid Team Effort
Joe Malmin got the start and threw four innings, recorded two strikeouts, two walks and one earned run. Malmin threw 56 pitches before he would leave the game. In his first two innings of work he retired the Quad Cities batters in order with two strikeouts and several solid infield defensive plays to help his efforts. Bees first basemen, David MacKinnon along with shortstop Julio Garcia and second baseman Franklin Torres , worked well together to get the other four batters out at first base.
Bees Effort Continues to pick-up Steam
Spencer Griffin lead off with a walk on a three-two count giving Torii Hunter a chance to execute a perfect hit-n-run single to left field that advanced Griffin to third, with no outs. Hunter would steal second base and set the Bees up to strike first in game two. Quad Cities would opt to intentionally walk Brandon Marsh and load the bases and face Franklin Torres. Bandits pitcher Cristian Javier continued to have control issues, unable to throw strikes and locate his breaking pitches.
Javier had trouble locating the pitches the home plate umpire called as strikes early in the game. Torres took advantage sending a sacrifice fly ball to right field that scored Griffin and advanced Hunter to third base, making the score 1-0 Bees. The team offensive effort continued with Julio Garcia hitting another sacrifice fly ball to center field and scoring Torri Hunter, 2-0 Bees. A wild pitch to Harrison Wenson moved Marsh to second base as Wenson showed great patience, making Javier throw eight pitches and taking a free pass to first base on balls. David MacKinnon struck out to end the inning and bail out Javier with a check swing tipped third strike.
Rough Run at Relief
Sean Isaac finished the last three innings in his recorded loss. He would give up four hits, two runs and added three strikeouts to his stat column. Quad Cities would begin to lock-in at the plate against Isaac in the fifth inning. Six batters faced Isaac in the inning, collecting three hits and scoring two runs. Quad Cities would take the lead 3-2 and maintain it for the rest of the game.
River Bandits right fielder Bryan De La Cruz tagged a line drive single to left field to start the inning. A base hit single to left field by Jacob Meyers moved De La Cruz to second and put the tying run in position. A passed ball on a one-one count to Cody Bohanek changed the situation for the Bandits giving them the opportunity to sacrifice an out to potentially tie the game. Bohanek would do just that, with a high fly ball to left field that scored De La Cruz.
Brandon Marsh led off the final inning and struck out on a low fastball. Tanner Duncan walked Franklin Torres trying to bait him into swinging at a low fastball. With one runner on and one out, Julio Garcia struck out on a fastball that was slightly outside, leaving the final hope of bringing in the tying run to Harrison Wenson. Wenson would work a full count and was then rung up on a called third strike to end the game.
Offensively the Bees made the plays necessary to put base runners on and bring in runs. This double header effort is a great example of the way this team works together and manufactures key plays to put them in successful positions. Give or take a few key unforced mistakes, this Bees should continue play well as a unit.
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