A good start to the second half

Your Bees opened the second half on a positive note, taking three of four games from Cedar Rapids here at The Hive.

The series started on Ed Larson Night, when Mario Santiago pitched four innings of no-hit ball before a thunderstorm swept through, causing the game to be postponed. The Bees started with a four-run lead in game one of Friday’s scheduled doubleheader, and Chris Hayes and Jim Wladyka kept the Kernels from scoring. The Bees built a 6-0 lead, before another storm cut the game short in the top of the ninth inning.

After the Kernels took the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, 8-0, catcher Matt Morizio came through in the clutch — not once, but twice — to give the Bees a 3-2 win in the nightcap.

The Bees finished the series the same way they started it, with a 6-0 win over the Kernels. Ed Cegarra and Josh Cribb combined on a four-hitter, and Felix Peralta homered in yesterday afternoon’s win.

In a first-place tie with Clinton in the Midwest League’s Western Division, the Bees play their next eight games on the road. They open a four-game series at Kane County tonight at 6:30, and they will be at Peoria Friday through Monday.

Our next home game is Tuesday, July 3, when we host our annual Holiday Fireworks Extravaganza, kicking off a seven-game home stand.

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