Bullpen Shuts Down Wellington for Fifth Straight Win
KSCB News - July 10, 2016 3:42 pm
Liberal leaned on their bullpen again and it didn’t disappoint. On a night when the Bee Jays didn’t supply much offense and when the defense committed three errors, the bullpen stood tall. The Bee Jays beat the Wellington Heat 6-4 Saturday night at Brent Gould Field. Liberal had only three hits but Wellington had four errors and walked eight.
The Heat starter struggled with his control on a night when the strike zone was minimal. The Heat walked two in the first and walked the bases loaded in the second before RJ Williams was hit by a pitch with the bases juiced to force home a run. Kyle Knauth’s infield single scored another run. The Heat tied it in the fourht when Matt Heck homered to lead off the inning. A double and a single scored the second run. The Heat took a 4-2 lead when the BJ’s had two errors in the fifth. Liberal responded with three in the fifth as a Heat error on a force play attempt at second allowed two BJ’s to score to tie the game. Cole Habig’s sac fly to right gave Liberal a 5-4 lead. The Heat walked the first two men seventh to set up Brandon Urquizo’s RBI single to left to give Liberal a 6-4 lead.
Brent Bezio gave the BJ’s a solid start with 4 and 2/3 allowing two earned runs. The Bullpen slammed the door from the middle innings to the late innings. Zach Hansen went 1 and 1/3 scoreless innings before Jakob Hernandez was perfect through two striking out four and JB Olson worked the ninth for his seventh save.
Liberal has won five straight and is 4-1 against Wellington. The Bee Jays are 5-0 in the second half standings and Wellington is 3-2. Liberal is 13-13 overall in the Jayhawk which could matter if tie breakers come into play. Wellington is 11-14 overall in league.
The same two teams play Sunday night at 7 at Brent Gould Field with the Dugout Show at 6:45 on 1270 and kscbnews.net. The Leader and Times is the buyout sponsor.