Bees Can't Hold On, Lose 4-3 to SnappersJune 7, 2012 - Midwest League (MWL) Burlington Bees
Technically speaking A.J. Cole made his fourth start of the season on Thursday night, but rain robbed him of a true start against Quad Cities on June 3 in Davenport. Cole made the start, but only pitched a third of an inning before an hour-long rain delay forced him out of the game.
Cole looked razor sharp through the first three innings and struck out five consecutive batters between the first and third in- ning. In fact, Cole had six strikeouts through three innings and still looked effective in the next two. Overall, Cole pitched five innings and only allowed four hits, one unearned run and one walk. His six strikeouts added to his already impressive strikeout totals for the season; the right-hander is now averaging 10.5 strikeouts-per-nine innings.
Cole benefited from the Bees' efficiency at the plate through the first five innings. The right-hander actually left the game in line for his second win of the season with the Bees leading 3-to-1 after the fifth.
The offense scored in the bottom of the first when Chih-Fang Pan ripped a double into rightfield that scored Sean Jamieson. Jamieson had led off the inning with a walk and was running on the pitch to Pan. Jamieson leads the Bees with 34 walks and has reached base in 48 of 54 games he's played in this year.
The Bees added another run in the bottom of the second after Rashun Dixon led off with a triple and scored on an RBI single by Bobby Crocker. Dixon wasn't done contributing and launched his second home run with the Bees over the leftfield wall with one out in the fourth inning.
But the Bees allowed the Snappers to score in the top of the seventh and again in the eighth. J.D. Williams led off the eighth with a bunt single towards third base. Williams advanced into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt then scored on an RBI double by Eddie Rosario.
With the game tied 3-to-3, Miguel Sano earned an RBI by lining a single to leftfield that scored Rosario. Sano and Rosario came into the game leading the Snappers in RBIs, but only hitting a combined .133 in the season matchup with the Bees. The Snappers benefitted by going 4-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
Having taken a tough loss, the Bees look to win the rubber match at home on Friday night at 6:30 p.m. For information on Bees baseball and promotions, call (319) 754-5705 or visit www.gobees.com.
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