Lansing Lugnuts at Burlington Bees

June 5th, 2002

Corey Slavik 3B 4 0 0 0
Buck Coats LF 4 0 0 0
J.J. Johnson RF 4 1 1 0
Antoine Cameron DH 4 0 1 1
Mike Mallory CF 4 0 1 0
Brad Bouras 1B 4 1 1 1
Ronny Cedeno SS 3 0 0 0
Travis Silver C 3 0 0 0
Ryan Theriot 2B 3 1 3 0
James Shanks CF 3 0 0 0
Brett Groves SS 4 0 1 0
Ruben Gotay 2B 3 0 1 1
Galinda Gomez 3B 4 0 1 0
Odannys Ayala LF 3 1 0 0
Chris Fallon 1B 3 1 1 1
Matt Cleveland DH 3 1 0 0
Jonathan Guzman RF 3 1 1 1
John Draper C 2 1 1 1

Lansing 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 3 7 2
Burlington 0 0 1 3 0 0 1 0 X 5 6 1

E-Coats, Cedeno, Middleton, LOB LAN-3, BUR-3, 2B-Gomez, 3B-Fallon, HR-Bouras (Zary), Guzman (Martin), SB-Theriot, Cleveland, CS-Theriot, SACF-Draper

Name IP H R ER BB SO Decison
Nick Martin 7 5 5 4 3 4 L (1-5)
Dan Foli 1 1 0 0 0 1 ND

Name IP H R ER BB SO Decison
Kyle Middleton 6 5 2 1 0 3 W (5-2)
Rich Zary 2 2 1 1 0 2 ND
Barry Armitage 1 0 0 0 0 3 SV (4)

WP-Middleton 2, BK-Middleton, SO-Slavik, Johnson, Cameron, Mallory 3, Bouras 2, Groves, Gotay 2, Ayala, Fallon, BB-Shanks, Gotay, Ayala
T-2:09, A-630

Burlington HawkEye
by John Bohnenkamp

John Draper has had an excellent view of the recent strong outings by Burlington Bees pitchers.

"They're throwing strikes, making opponents hit the ball," the Bees catcher said, "That's the key, throwing strikes. They're pitching the way they are capable of pitching."

The Bees allowed their first earned runs in the last three nights in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Lansing Lugnuts in a Class A Midwest League game at Community Field.

Burlington (30-28) has won the last three games after losing the first two of this eight game homestand. Three Bees pitchers combined on a 9-0 shutout of West Michigan Monday night, and all of the WhiteCaps' runs were unearned in the Bees' 4-3 win Tuesday.

Kyle Middleton (5-2), the winning pitcher in Wednesday's game, scattered five hits over six innings and allowed just two runs, one earned. Rick Zary allowed one run in two innings, and Barry Armitage struck out the side in the ninth to earn his fourth save of the season.

"Middleton did a good job, Zary picked up where he left off and Armitage did another great job," Bees manager Joe Szekely said. "Pitching is like anything, it goes in spurts. Right now, we're getting good pitching."

Chris Fallon's triple in the fourth inning brough in Odannys Ayala to snap a 1-1 tie. Fallon later scored on an error and Draper brought in the final run of the inning on a sacrifice fly.

The Bees had an answer to whatever the Lugnuts did.

Lansing's Brad Bouras had a one out home run in the seventh inning, but the Bees came back in the bottom of the inning with a home run from Jonathan Guzman.

"Anytime you can score, it can stop or slow the other team's momentum," Szekeley said, "We did that a couple of times tonight and kept them from taking the lead"

After Bouras home run. Zary retired five of the next six hitters he faced, then Armitage struck out Antoine Cameron, Mike Mallory and Bouras to end the game.

"We're doing all of the little things right now," Szekely said, "All of those things add up.

How They Scored

Bees 3rd
Jonathan Guzman ground out to second. John Draper singled to left centerfield. James Shanks walked. Brett Groves struck out. Ruben Gotay singled to left, scoring Draper, Shanks advanced to third. Gotary to second on an error by left fielder Buck Coats. Galinda Gomez popped out to shortstop.

Lugnuts 4th
Corey Slavik grounded out to first. Coats lined out to shortstop. J.J. Johnson singled to left field. Johnson moved to second on a wild pitch. Antoine Cameron singled to left, scoring Johnson. Mike Mallory struck out.

Bees 4th
Odannys Ayala, walked. Chris Fallon tripled to right center, scoring Ayala. Matt Cleveland reached on an error by shortstop Ronny Cedeno, Fallon scored. Guzman flied to center. Cleveland stole third. Draper flied out to center, scoring Cleveland. Shanks lined out to third base.

Lugnuts 6th
Ryan Theriot singled to second. Theriot advanced to second on a balk. Slavik reached second on error by pitcher Kyle Middleton, Theriot scored. Coats popped to second. Slavik advanced to third on a wild pitch. Johnson struck out. Cameron grounded out to first.

Lugnuts 7th
Mallory struck out. Brad Bouras homered to left center. Cedeno flied out to left. Travis Silver flied out to center.

Bees 7th
Guzman homered to left center. Draper flied out to right field. Shanks grounded out to shortstop. Groves flied out to right.