For Immediate Release
By: RJ Larson
August 12, 2018
Kane County hands Burlington fifth straight loss following seventh inning rally
Bees were ahead 2-0 for a majority of the game, but the Cougars scored three runs in the seventh to take the game 3-2
Geneva, Ill. - It was a beautiful sunny and 85 degree afternoon for a Sunday matchup between the Burlington Bees (14-32,44-71) and the Kane County Cougars (24-24.59-58). The Bees jumped ahead early, but the Cougars rallied to put a three spot on the board in the seventh to take the game 3-2. Carlos Hernandez (1-0) appeared in his second game for Kane County, and his second game against the Bees, but did much better his second time around after he allowed two runs to the Bees last Sunday. Hernandez threw two shutout innings, allowing only a walk, and threw one strikeout to earn his first win with the Cougars. Anfernee Benitez (3-3) looked good in his first inning of work but didn't have the same success in the seventh. Benitez allowed three runs, four hits, but did have three strikeouts in the sixth inning.
Error gets Bees on the board
After a one-two-three first inning, Burlington was in business thanks to a one out walk from Spencer Griffin and a single from Keinner Pina to put runners on first and second. Tim Millard then hit a grounder over to Cougars third basemen Jose Caballero, but Caballero mis played the ball, and ended up committing an error, allowing Millard to reach first and Griffin to score from second, giving the Bees a 1-0 lead.
Kiki Menendez then got the bases loaded on an infield single, and Alvaro Rubalcaba drove in the second run for Burlington on a single left. Millard also tried scoring on the hit, but Ryan Grotjohn threw a bullet to home, allowing Tim Susnara to apply the tag in time for the out.
Cougars blow scoring chance in fifth
Kane County hadn't really had anything going offensively in the game, but finally got something going in the fifth. Grotjohn led the inning off with a bunt single to third, and advanced to second after a throwing error from Millard. Terence Connelly then grounded out to first, but Grotjohn ran on contact and was able to advance to third with only one out. Ryan Dobson sent a ground ball to short, and Grotjohn thought it would be enough to allow him to score, but Leonardo Rivas decided to take a chance at the plate and got it to Pina in time to tag Grotjohn out at home.
The inning wasn't over yet though, as Caballero hit a two out double to left, putting runners on second and third. However, Michael Santos got Yoel Yanqui to groundout to short, keeping Kane County off the board.
Kane County doesn't make same mistake in seventh
Grotjohn led the seventh inning off with another single, although this one went into right field and he didn't go to second right away. Grotjohn did end up advancing to third after a one out double from Dobson, to put runners on second and third with only one out. Caballero then got his third hit of the game on a single to left that allowed Grotjohn and Dobson to score, tying the game at 2-2. Caballero also advanced to second after Orlando Martinez threw the ball home to try to throw out Dobson.
Benitez would get Yanqui to ground out for the second out, and then be replaced by Eduardo Del Rosario. The pitching change didn't bother Yan Sanchez one bit, as he lined a single into center for an RBI, giving Kane County a 3-2 lead. Burlington would only manage one baserunner for the remainder of the game, as Kane County won the game 3-2.
Santos delivers another strong start
It was sad to see Michael Santos not get the win yesterday, because he had another terrific game on the mound. Santos went five innings for the fourth straight game, allowed no runs for the first time in a start, he did allow a season high six hits, but didn't throw any walks for the second straight game, and also struck out three. Santos has now lowered his season ERA down to 2.89, which is the best among the Bees starters.
Caballero looking good in the leadoff spot
Jose Caballero's batting average isn't as high as it was when Kane County played at Community Field but having it at .377 through 13 games is still very impressive. Caballero finished 3-4 in yesterday's game with a double, making it the third time he has finished a game with three hits for Kane County. His biggest hit came in the seventh on his two run single, giving him two more RBI's to bring his total up to eleven. Caballero has been a big spark for the Cougars offense since his arrival, but Kane County has only gone 6-7 since he joined the team. Kane County is on a three game winning streak though and will look to continue it for a chance in the playoffs.
The Bees and Cougars will wrap things up tomorrow night at 6:30 pm. The Bees have not yet announced an expected starter for tomorrow's game, but the Cougars are expected to go with Lane Ratliff. Ratliff has been a very solid pitcher for the Cougars this season, posting a 4-1 record and a 3.34 ERA in three starts and nine total appearances. This will be Burlington's first time seeing Ratliff this season, so the Bees will have to rely a lot on the scouting report if they want to have success against him.
About the Bees
The Burlington Bees are the Class-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Professional baseball in Burlington, Iowa dates back to 1889, giving this community one of the longest and most storied histories of any current Minor League Baseball organization. The Bees take pride in upholding that rich history and providing a place for community events and maintaining affordable family entertainment. GOBEES.com
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