Bees Crush Four Homers in 12-8 Win over KernelsMay 11, 2012 - Midwest League (MWL) Burlington Bees
Right-hander Jose Macias took the mound for the Bees and struggled early in the game and gave up a total of five runs through the first four innings. Macias gave up a two-run home run to Gary Mitchell in the top of the second inning and another two-run homer to the same guy in the top of the fourth. In total, Macias gave up three home runs and left the game with the Bees trailing 6-to-0 in the fourth. Macias pitched a total of four innings and gave up six hits, six runs (five earned), and three home runs.
But with the weather getting warmer and the wind straight-out towards center field at Community Field on Friday night, the Bees could assume that 6-to-0 would not be the final score. It helped that Bees third baseman B.A. Voll- muth had a great batting practice and looked good at the plate in game three. Vollmuth cut into the lead when he sent the first pitch he saw in the fourth inning over the centerfield wall. The two-run bomb brought Sean Jamieson home and the Bees officially joined the slugfest.
Douglas Landaeta helped shorten the deficit when he ripped his first pitch over the left field wall for a three-run home run. The Bees trailed by only a run with the score at 6-to-5 heading into the fifth inning.
Aaron Shipman led off the bottom of the fifth with a double and with one out and two men on Vollmuth smacked a double to centerfield that plated Shipman. The Bees had officially come back to tie the game at 6-to-6 in the fifth. But the offense didn't settle and with the bases loaded later in the inning, Nick Rickles crushed a 1-2 pitch over the left field wall for a grand slam and a 10-to-6 lead for the Bees.
Brent Powers pitched four innings in relief and gave up two runs. But Powers also had four strikeouts and never surrendered the lead. Powers earned his third win of the year and received some insurance from Royce Consigli when Consigli clobbered a ball over the right field wall for a two-run home run in the seventh.
The Bees travel to Peoria to start a four-game series on Saturday night. For information on the Bees schedule, call (319) 754-5705 or visit www.gobees.com.
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