Bees Go the Distance to Sweep Kernels
Burlington, IA (June 3, 2007) - Matt Campbell and Harold Mozingo each turned in their first career complete game, with Mozingo making his a shutout, as the Burlington Bees (25-30) swept a double-header from the Cedar Rapids Kernels (29-24) at Community Field this afternoon. Campbell (4-2) earned his third straight win in a 5-3 victory in game one and Mozingo (5-5) retired the final 14 batters in a row in a 2-0 victory in game two. The Bees now lead this series 2-1.
The Kernels actually struck first against Campbell with a run in the first inning of game one. Abel Nieves doubled and scored on a two-out single by Mark Trumbo. The Bees came back to take the lead with three runs in the bottom of the second inning against Kernels' starter Doug Brandt (3-2). With one out, Brandt hit Kurt Mertins with a pitch and Brady Everett followed with a two-run home run over the wall in right to give the Bees a 2-1 lead. With two outs, Brandt walked O.D. Gonzalez. Gonzlaez then stole second and scored on a base hit by Derrick Robinson.
The Kernels tied the game in with two runs in the top of the third. With two outs, Campbell walked Nieves and hit Chris Pettit with a pitch before Trumbo lined a double to left-center to plate them both. Campbell would only allow one more hit the rest of the game and finished with a career-high eight strikeouts. The Bees took the lead back in the fifth. Chris McConnell led off with a triple to left-center and scored when Jeff Bianchi popped a ball over the drawn-in infield for a single to shallow left. After a fielder's choice and an error, Brandt gave way to Felipe Arrendondo in relief with two on and one out. Another fielder's choice left runners at the corners with two away before Arrendondo uncorked a wild pitch that brought in Jeff Howell from third with the Bees' final run. Brandt came into today's game leading the Midwest League with a 1.17 ERA, but was charged with four earned runs in 4.1 innings to raise that mark to 1.79.
In game two, Mozingo allowed a two-out single to Pettit in the first, but he was thrown out trying to steal to end the inning. P.J. Phillips had a one-out single in the third for the Kernels only other hit. He stole second and was stranded there as Mozingo retired didn't allow another baserunner the rest of the way. He also finished with eight strikeouts to match his season-high. The last Bees' pitcher to throw a two-hitter was Chris Goodman against Ft. Wayne in a seven-inning game on June 11, 2004.
Robinson led the charge on offense for the Bees in game two. He led off the bottom of the first inning with a single and scored and scored on a two-out single by Joe Dickerson. In the fifth, Robinson reached on a one-out single, stole second, and after a walk to Mertins, the two pulled off a double steal of second and third. Kernels' starter Jeremy Haynes (1-3) then walked Bianchi intentionally and the Kernels brought in Warner Madrigal from the bullpen. With the infield in, Madrigal got Everett to hit a slow ground ball to shortstop, but Kernels' catcher Hank Conger dropped the throw to the plate for an error as Robinson scored the Bees' second run. Madrigal would finish the final 1.2 innings for Cedar Rapids.
The Bees and Kernels play another twin bill tomorrow night starting at 6:00 at Community Field. RH Josh Cribb (1-3, 5.45) will start game one for the Bees and RH Jim Wladyka will make his Bees' debut as the starter in game two. Gates open at 5:00 for Dollar Monday sponsored by Miller Lite and The Mix 107.3. General admission tickets, hot dogs, pizza, popcorn, and cans of Pepsi products are all $1 throughout the night. Both games will be broadcast live on KBUR AM 1490 and KBKB AM 1360 with the pre-game show starting at 5:40.
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