The Burlington Bees scored 13 runs in the first four innings — including 10 in the 2nd inning — to set the tone early for an easy 16-4 win over the Kane County Cougars on Sunday.
All nine players in the Bees starting lineup had at least one hit and one run scored. Eight of them drove in at least one run.
The offense was led by Tim Millard, who went 5-for-5 with a solo homer, two runs batted in, and three runs scored in his fifth Midwest League game. A 35th-round draft pick this year, the Los Angeles Angels farmhand was promoted to the Bees last week after batting .299 with seven homers, 10 doubles, 21 walks and 29 RBI in 41 games with the rookie-level Orem Owlz.
Kiki Menendez, who hit a 3-run homer during the 10-run frame, and Julio Garcia each drove in three runs for the Bees.
Cougars starting pitcher Mack Lemieux took the loss, dropping to 2-9 with a 4.23 ERA in 22 starts this season. The 21-year-old lefty was charged with 11 runs (six earned), gave up 11 hits and one walk, and struck out two batters in 1.2 innings.
Jose Caballero and Yoel Yanqui homered for the Cougars.
MWL alumni change teams
Several former MWL players changed MLB teams in the past couple days, including:
Infielder Giovanny Urshela (2011 Lake County Captains), whom the New York Yankees acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays for cash.
RHP Drew Hutchison (2010-11 Lansing Lugnuts), whom the Texas Rangers signed to a one-year deal.
RHP Tyson Ross (2008 Kane County Cougars), whom the St. Louis Cardinals claimed off waivers from the San Diego Padres.
RHP Shawn Kelley (2007-08 Wisconsin Timber Rattlers), whom the Oakland Athletics acquired (along with cash) for international slot money from the Washington Nationals.
There is approximately one month left in the second half, and I wrote about the playoff races on my Patreon site tonight (reflecting the standings heading into Monday’s games).