April 14, 2012 - Midwest League (MWL) - Burlington Bees
BURLINGTON, Iowa - The Burlington Bees never found their offense in a 6-2 loss to the Kane Coun- ty Cougars. Those in attendance dealt with a rain delay that came in the bottom of the seventh, but ultimately watched a losing effort.
The Bees sent Raul Alcantara to the mound to start the game and Alcantara looked wild. In fact, Alcantara loaded the bases without giving up a hit in the top of the first. He managed to get two outs without the Cougars scoring until Henry Moreno got his first hit of the season. Moreno's double plated two runs for the Cougars and at the end of one inning, the Bees trailed by two runs.
The top of the second wasn't kind to Alcantara either, as he gave up three hits and an RBI sacrifice fly to give the Cougars a 5-0 lead. Alcantara finished his outing after the fourth; over four innings, the right-hander gave up seven hits and five earned runs. Alcantara also struck out four in the loss.
The Bees scored one run in the bottom of the third after Douglas Landaeta reached first with a one-out walk. Landaeta took second base on a wild pitch and with two outs; Sean Jamieson lofted the Bees' first hit into right that allowed Landaeta to score.
In the bottom of the seventh with John Nester at the plate, the weather took at turn for the worst. Rain quickly fell onto the field and several bolts of lightning lit the sky beyond the outfield wall. The game went into a rain delay that lasted just over an hour. When play resumed, Nester finished his at bat with a walk and later scored in the inning.
Right-hander, Drew Tyson replaced Brent Powers to start the eighth. The rain delay couldn't have come at a worse time since Powers looked great again for the Bees. He pitched three innings and struck out three while not allowing a run. The score was 5-2 in the Cougars' favor before Kane County scored again in the top of the eighth with Tyson on the mound. The Bees couldn't create another ninth inning comeback and instead went three-up, three-down to end the game.
Tomorrow night the Bees play the finale of the four game series with Kane County. Right-hander, Sean Mur- phy will start for the Bees. Murphy previously pitched five innings of one-hit ball for the Bees. For tickets, call (319)_754-5705 or visit www.gobees.com for more information.