Brown Drives in Five in Bees Win Over Peoria
Burlington, IA - Rusty Brown had two hits, including a three-run home run, and collected five RBI to lead the Burlington Bees (11-11, 45-47) to a 9-5 victory over the Peoria Chiefs (8-14, 43-49) at Community Field tonight. With the win, the Bees take two out of three in this series and win the season series 6-5 over the Chiefs.
The Bees built an early lead against Chiefs' starter Grant Johnson. In the bottom of the first, Damaso Espino singled to right and scored on a double by Brown that hit off the glove of a sliding Sam Fuld in left-center and rolled away from the outfielder as Espino circled the bases. In the bottom of the third, Johnson hit Darwinson Salazar in the batting helmet with a soft curve and then Irving Falu hit a chopper to first that could've been a double play. Instead, Drew Larsen threw in the dirt to second for an error and the Bees had two on with no outs. Geraldo Valentin lined a double to left-center to drive in one run. Falu scored on a groundout by Espino and Brown drove in Valentin with a sacrifice fly to right. Only one of the runs was earned, but the Bees had a 4-0 lead.
The Bees added two more in the fourth. Eddie Solis led off with a single and Kenard Springer followed with a moon shot home run to left field. The homer was Springer's third of the season and the hit extended his hitting streak to eleven in a row, tying Brown for the second-longest on the team this season. Johnson (1-4) left after four innings and LH Jerry Blevins pitched the final four innings in relief. The Bees got the rest of their runs in the seventh. With two outs, Blevins walked Valentin, hit Espino, and Brown blasted a three-run homer to left. Brown leads the team with eleven home runs and 52 RBI. He came up one shy of his career-high for RBI. He drove in six in his three-homer game against Beloit on June 26th.
Justin Sherman was tabbed as a spot starter for the Bees in place of Patrick Hicklen who visited the doctor today. Sherman (2-3) pitched five shutout innings before getting knocked out of the game in the sixth on a two-run homer by Eric Patterson. Kraig Schambough made his Bees' debut in relief and retired the first five batters he faced, but ran into trouble in the eighth. He walked Alan Rick to leadoff the inning, walked Sam Fuld with one out, and with two outs surrendered a three-run homer to Harvey that cut the Bees lead to 9-5. Yovany Damico came in and struck out Larsen to end the eighth and set the Chiefs down in order in the ninth to finish off the win.
NOTES: The Bees are back at the .500 mark for the eighth time this season, but have yet to get over the .500 mark...SS Irving Falu was 0-4 tonight snapping his streak of 35 consecutive games of reaching base safely by hit or walk...CF Cody Cure was 0-4 ending his career-high eight-game hitting streak.
The Bees will start a four game series against the Clinton LumberKings at Alliant Energy Field tomorrow night at 7:00. RH Patrick Hicklen (5-4, 4.07) had a positive visit to the doctor and will start tomorrow against RH John Bannister for Clinton. The game will be broadcast live on KBUR AM 1490 and KBKB AM 1360 with the pre-game show starting at 6:40.
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