I finally made it back to Burlington this season, and on Tuesday I got my first look at Addison Russell, the 2012 first-round draft pick of the Oakland A’s. He didn’t disappoint, going 3-for-5 with an RBI, a stolen base and two runs scored.
Russell wasn’t the only 2012 first-round pick who played in the game. The Kane County Cougars sent Kansas City Royals prospect Kyle Zimmer to the mound. He, however, didn’t fare as well Tuesday. Zimmer gave up five unearned runs on 10 hits and a walk in six innings. He also hit Rashun Dixon twice and struck out three batters.
Bees SP Chris Lamb wasn’t great, but he pitched well enough to win. He gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits and four walks in 5.1 IP. He struck out 3 batters.
The Bees beat the Cougars 6-3 in a fast-paced game that lasted only two hours and 15 minutes. There were two great defensive plays in the game — an impressive leaping grab by Russell that robbed Kane County’s Chris Elder of a bloop single, and a wall-thumping catch by Dixon that may have stolen a home run from Kane County’s Michael Antonio. (I couldn’t tell for certain whether Dixon robbed Antonio of a homer, but it was an impressive play regardless.)