Two Burlington Bees pitchers combined efforts to nearly no-hit the Peoria Chiefs on Saturday, instead settling for a one-hitter after coming within an out of finishing a no-no on the road.
Bees starting pitcher Hector Yan went five innings, allowing only one walk while striking out five batters. Reliever Cole Duensing pitched the final four frames for Burlington, setting down his opponents in order during his first three innings. The 9th inning didn’t fare quite as well for him, as he hit the leadoff batter, who moved to second on defensive indifference before scoring on a two-out single.
That was the only hit of the game for the Chiefs, who lost 7-1 in front of a Peoria crowd of 5,827. The Bees got a three-run homer from Justin Jones and a solo homer from Keinner Pina.
QC’s Bravo one-hits T-Rats
There was a one-hitter in Davenport on Saturday, too, though that was an abbreviated game cut short by rain after six innings.
The Quad Cities River Bandits beat the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 5-0, scoring all five of their runs in the 1st inning. Winning pitcher Jose Bravo went the distance for the Bandits, allowing only one hit while striking out seven and walking none. In six starts for QC this season, the Houston Astros farmhand is 1-1 with a 3.45 ERA, 26 strikeouts and seven walks in 31.1 innings.
Liberatore Ks 9 for BG
Hot Rods LHP Matthew Liberatore scattered three hits and one walk while striking out nine in Bowling Green’s 7-1 win over the Lansing Lugnuts on Saturday.
The Tampa Bay Rays prospect improved to 5-0 with a 1.85 ERA, 32 strikeouts and 12 walks in 34 innings/six starts for the Hot Rods this season.