11 September 2008

Royals on the Farm 9/11 -- Bees roll in game 2

A quick note of remembrance for the events of today, seven years ago. Watched the History Channel stuff about it tonight, and......I don't know, words fail.

A - Burlington: Bees 12, South Bend 0 (4-hitter)

2B Giavotella 3-4, HR (2), 3 RBI (8), 3 RS -- .375
RF-CF Van Stratten 3-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI (6), RS -- .292
C Eigsti 2-4, 2B, RBI, K, RS -- .278
3B Moustakas 2-5, 2 2B, RBI (5), RS -- .227
1B Taylor 2-4, BB, RBI (4), RS -- .348
LF Walton 1-5, HR (3), 2 RBI (5), K, RS -- .333
CF Lough 1-2, 2 BB, HR, RBI (2), 3 RS -- .136
DH C. Robinson 1-2, HBP, RBI (4) -- .316
* The Bees stranded 11.

Caldera 6 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 6 K -- W, 2-0, 1.64 ERA
Augustine IP, K, WP -- 0.00 ERA
J. Rodriguez and Z. Peterson IP each scoreless relief

*** Burlington drilled the Silver Hawks for 12 runs in the first 3 innings and Alex Caldera lived up to Danny Gutierrez's game 1 example as the Bees took control of the MWL Championship Series. David Lough got it started with a leadoff homer in the 1st and the Bees poured on 4 more runs on a Clint Robinson RBI groundout, Nick Van Stratten RBI double and 2-run Jamar Walton homer. Johnny Giavotella slammed a 2-run homer in the 2nd and the Bees kept the heat on with 5 runs in the 3rd on a Ryan Eigsti RBI double, Giavotella RBI single, Mike Moustakas RBI groundout, Jason Taylor RBI single and another Van Stratten RBI double that made it 12-0. Caldera stranded 2 in the 5th and Joe Augustine, Jacob Rodriguez and Zach Peterson followed with 3 IP of scoreless relief starting in the 7th to finish the shutout victory. South Bend SP Christian Beltre lasted only 2/3 of an inning and allowed 5 ER to fall to 0-2 with a 37.13 ERA. Four Hawks had a hit each.

The Bees have a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-5 heading to South Bend Friday. I don't want to jinx it. Kelvin Herrera will try to pop the champagne for the Bees.

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