Only thing hotter than the temperature is the Bees
Burlington, IA (July 24, 2005) - As the temperature reached triple digits, the Burlington Bees winning streak reached double digits. The Bees (19-11, 53-47) rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat the Kane County Cougars (15-15, 46-53) 4-2 at Community Field this afternoon for the team's tenth straight win. The Bees complete the sweep of the series against the Cougars to win the season series 7-5.
The Cougars got on the board first with a run in the top of the first inning. Cliff Pennington led off with a double to left-center, moved to third on a groundout to second, and scored on Javier Herrera's bounce out to third. Bees' starter Danny Christensen would allow just one more hit and no more runs through five innings, but didn't figure in the decision because the Bees were scoreless until the seventh.
Cougars' starter Ryan Webb (4-10) limited the Bees to just three hits through six innings and had retired ten in a row before Ed Lucas led off the bottom of the seventh with a single to center. Rusty Brown followed with an infield single in the hole between short and third two put two men on and set up the play of the game. Brian McFall laid down a bunt and Webb came off the mound to field the ball. His only play was to first, but he airmailed the throw over the head of Tommy Everidge and the ball rolled down the right field line. Lucas and Brown both scored, McFall went to third, and the Bees led 2-1. Kenard Springer followed with a sacrifice fly to center to drive in McFall with the third run. Eddie Solis reached on an error by Myron Leslie at third base and Webb was taken out in favor of JR Pickens. A passed ball on the catcher David Castillo allowed Solis to advance to second before Felipe Del Rosario doubled to the wall in right to drive him in to complete the rally.
Kyle Crist (8-2) took over for Christensen in the sixth and pitched three scoreless innings to get the win. Crist did escape a jam in the seventh when the Cougars had runners on first and third with no outs, but didn't score. Zane Carlson came out for the top of the ninth to make his Bees' debut after joining the team from short-season Idaho Falls two days ago. Carlson walked Jose Pineda to start the inning, but Pineda was forced at second as Nick Blasi reached on a fielder's choice. Blasi advanced to second on a groundout by Castillo, but Carlson couldn't nail down the final out. He walked Petit and then Pennington rolled a single into right field to drive in Blasi and advance Petit to third. Gabe DeHoyos was called out of the Bees bullpen and needed just one pitch to get Luis Perez to pop out in foul territory to Del Rosario at the screen for the final out and his third save of the season.
The Bees take their winning streak on the road and start a four game series at West Michigan tomorrow night 6:00 Central Time at Fifth Third Ballpark. RH Patrick Green (5-7, 4.30) will start for the Bees against RH Josh Kauten (4-1, 2.91) for the Whitecaps. The game 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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