10 September 2008

Royals on the Farm 9/10 -- Bees open series with W

A - Burlington: Bees 6, South Bend 0 (2-hitter)

2B Giavotella 2-4, HR, 2 RBI (5), K, 2 RS -- .300
LF Walton 2-3, HR (2), RBI (3), K, RS -- .400
3B Moustakas 1-3, BB, HR, 3 RBI (4), RS -- .176
1B Taylor 0-4, SB (2), E (2) -- .316
DH C. Robinson 0-4, K -- .294
RF Van Stratten 1-4, picked off -- .211

Gutierrez 6 IP, 2 H, BB, 11 K -- W, 1-0, 1.50 ERA, wow
Bradley, Raglione, Bowden 3 hitless IP combined

*** Danny Gutierrez was outstanding and got the backing of three hitless innings from the bullpen as the Bees rolled to the game 1 win in the MWL Championship Series. Gutierrez gave up a leadoff double but then retired 16 of the last 17 he faced starting with the third out in the 1st. Johnny Giavotella got the Bees started with an RBI single in the 3rd and Mike Moustakas came through with his biggest hit of the playoffs as a 3-run homer made it 4-0 Bees and marked Moustakas' 1st playoff homer. Jamar Walton went solo in the 6th to make it 5-0 and Giavotella led off the 7th with his 1st pro playoff homer to make it 6-0. Barry Bowden stranded 1 in the 9th to finish it for Burlington. South Bend SP Jarrod Parker took the loss with 4 ER allowed over 5 IP to drop to 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA. Two different Silver Hawks had the team's hits.

The Bees opened the best-of-5 series with a win. Game 2 is Thursday night as Alex Caldera starts for the Bees. Bees pitcher of the year Dan Duffy has been shut down with back issues. The Bees were 4-2 versus the Silver Hawks in the regular season.

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