Bees Shut Out, 7-0 to BeloitJune 8, 2012 - Midwest League (MWL) Burlington Bees
Raul Alcantara made his twelfth start of the season coming off a strong performance against the Quad Cities River Bandits. Alcantara didn't get a win in that start, but pitched six scoreless innings against a very good offense.
Alcantara faced another good offense on Friday night. The Snappers have four hitters that will appear in the All- Star Game in mid-June, including Miguel Sano who leads the league with 14 home runs.
Alcantara had to face Sano with one out and two runners on in the top of the first of game three. The young right-handed hurler was able to strike out Sano on a slider on the inside part of the plate. Unfortunately Alcantara couldn't repeat that result to Drew Leachman who smacked a triple to right-center field and drove in two runs. The Bees trailed 2-to-0 after the first inning.
But Alcantara responded well to his shaky first inning; he went on to pitch a total of six innings and only allowed five hits and one walk. Along the way Alcantara benefitted from good defense and induced three double plays. Alcantara now leads the Bees in forcing groundball double plays with 12 this year. The Bees are second in the league in turning double plays with 67 turned in the first half.
Unfortunately the Bees' bullpen couldn't keep the game close and Brent Powers, Jonathan Joseph, and David Mota combined to allow five runs in three innings. The bullpen allowed eight runs seven innings pitched in the last two games. Seven of those runs were earned.
Offensively the Bees seemed flat and only had four hits in 31 at bats. In fact, the Bees went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position. The game ended when John Nester lined to the shortstop for a double play.
The Bees look to turn it around against Quad Cities on Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. The first fireworks display of the season will follow the game. It's also American Cancer Society Night and the Bees will wear special jerseys. The jerseys will be auctioned off after the game to benefit Relay for Life. For information on Bees baseball and promotions, call (319) 754-5705 or visit www.gobees.com.
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