Archive for April, 2008

Last Game of the Home Stand Tonight

April 30, 2008

Tonight’s your last chance to catch the Bees in action at Community Field for awhile as we go on a 6-game road trip starting Friday. Tonight is “Kids Eat Free Wednesday” so every kid 12 and under will get a coupon for a free hot dog and drink at the concession stand!

It looks like the weather is finally cooperating as it’s supposed to get into the 70’s today. Finally some good baseball weather! Hope to see you at The Hive.

– Go Bees!


Bees Lose a Tough One Monday

April 29, 2008

The Bees lost a tough one to Cedar Rapids Monday night 5-3. Mike Moustakas hit his first homerun of the season, a two-run shot in the 8th inning. The Bees and Kernels continue their home stand tonight and tomorrow night at 6:30. It appears the weather will be warming up gradually the next few days so hopefully everyone can make it to The Hive!

Here are some pictures from last night’s game. A few brave Bees’ fans came out, despite the cold.

Thanks to the Great River Christian School’s 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade classes for singing the National Anthem last night. You did great!

A family enjoys a good ballpark meal.

One lucky young fan shows the new glove he won thanks to Kitchen Plus. Great Job!

Luke Hochevar picks up first Major League win

April 28, 2008


Although his stay here in Burlington was not long, Luke Hochevar sure stood out for the Bees. You may remember Hochevar’s highly anticipated arrival to The Hive late in the 2006 season. Earlier that year, Luke was taken 1st overall in the amateur baseball draft by the Royals.

The hard-throwing right-hander out of the University of Tennessee pitched in 4 games for the Bees, allowing 2 runs in 15.1 innings pitched while striking out 16 batters.

Now pitching for the Royals, Hochevar earned his first career win Saturday night in a 2-1 win over the Blue Jays. Luke threw 6 innings, allowing just 1 run, 6 hits and walked 2 batters. He also struck out 3 batters.

It looks like the Royals plan on keeping Hochevar in the starting rotation for awhile. We wish him good luck!

Bees Score three in 8th in comeback win

April 28, 2008

The Bees came back to beat South Bend 3-2 Sunday afternoon to imrpove to 10-12 on the season.

The game was scoreless until South Bend put up two runs on Bees’ starting pitcher Eduardo Paulino. The Bees tied it up on Ryan Eigsti’s 2-run single in the 8th inning. A few batters later, Eigsti scored the winning run on a Antonio Jimenez single.

Paulino pitched 7 solid innings, allowing just the 2 runs on 5 hits, and striking out a pair. A recent addition to the Bees roster, Chris Chavez pitched 2 scoreless innings to earn his first victory of the season.

We’re at home tonight to welcome in the Cedar Rapids Kernels, the affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels for Dollar Monday. General admission tickets are just $2 for adults and $1 for seniors/students! The concession stand will be selling pizza, popcorn, hot dogs, and Pepsi products for just $1 as well! Hope to see you here!

We’ve got a bunch of big days coming up at The Hive in May so hopefully the weather turns warm and stays that way!

Bees Back on the Winning Track

April 27, 2008

Thanks to a big night at the plate from Jason Taylor and good pitching pitching performances from Juan Abreu and Zach Peterson, the Bees bounced back with a 2-0 win over South Bend Saturday night.

Jason Taylor
3B Taylor went 2-for-4 at the plate with a homerun, triple, and 2 RBIs.

Juan Abreu
RHP Abreu started on the mound and threw very well. He went 6 innings, allowing just 3 hits, no runs, and striking out 7 South Bend batters. He ups his record to 1-1 on the season.

Zach Peterson
RHP Peterson came in to finish off the last three innings, allowing 2 hits, walking 1 batter and striking out 2. He earned his first save of the season.

The Bees finish their series with South Bend Sunday at 2pm for Kid’s Day. All kids 12 and under get in for free! The Bees welcome Cedar Rapids into town Monday-Wednesday. Hope to see you all here at The Hive!

Bees Camp a Success

April 26, 2008

Over 25 area kids participated in the Bees early season Baseball Camp and Hit, Run, & Pitch Competition Saturday morning. Bees’ players instructed kids on the basics of baseball and also answered questions. We want to thank everyone who came out. We hope you had a great time!

Bees Return Home

April 25, 2008

After two tough losses at the Quad Cities Wednesday and Thursday night, the Bees are back at home starting tonight at 6:30. We’ll be starting a 6-game home stand against South Bend and Cedar Rapids.

Tonight, before the game, we’ll have our first “happy hour” on BIG FUN FRIDAY. We’ll be having a special on Budweiser products from 5:30 to just before the game starts. Hope to see everyone here at The Hive!

Reading Club/D.A.R.E Day

April 23, 2008

On Wednesday, April 16th, the Bees held their annual Reading Club/D.A.R.E. Day. Over 1,600 students and teachers from 22 area elementary schools attended making it the largest Reading Club/D.A.R.E. ever! All who came enjoyed a day of fun, food, warm weather, and a Bees win! The Bees beat Lansing that day 7-4!

Here are some great snapshots from the festivities that day:

Opening Weekend

April 23, 2008

Even with the cold temperatures, Bees’ fans were still able to enjoy opening weekend against Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg and the Peoria Chiefs. Here are a few snapshots from the weekend.

The Season is Here!

April 23, 2008

I apologize for it taking me so long to get the blog running again. However, you can expect frequent updates from here on out. The Bees are off to a solid start so far this season, posting an 8-9 record going into Wednesday’s game at the Quad Cities.

The Bees have a lot of new faces this year starting at the top with new manager Brian Rupp. Rupp takes over after four successful seasons in Idaho Falls, a Royals rookie league affiliate. He led the Chukars to the playoffs in 3 of the last 4 seasons. Brian was drafted by St. Louis in 1992 and played 7 seasons in the Cardinals minor league system. He resides in Florissant, MO with his wife, Stacie, and son Andrew. We’re all happy to have Brian here!

Jim Gabella, who managed the Bees the past four seasons, will be managing in Idaho Falls this summer. Right now, Jim is in Surprise, Arizona overseeing the Royals extended spring training. We wish Jim good luck!

Doug Henry joins the Bees’ staff as the pitching coach this year. You may recognize him as Doug played in the Majors between 1991-2001 with the Brewers, Mets, Astros, Giants, and Royals. The former relief pitcher recorded 29 saves for the Brewers in 1992. Doug and his wife, Monique, reside in Hartland, Wisconsin, with their four children, Danielle, Jason, Zachary, and Mikayla.

Ryan Long returns as the Bees Hitting Coach for the 2nd season. Ryan was a 2nd round draft pick by the Royals in 1991 and played for 10 seasons. He played in 6 games for the Royals in 1997, collecting his 1st Major League hit and RBI against “The Big Unit” Randy Johnson. Ryan’s wife, Olivia, is a regular visitor to Community Field.

Yoshi Kitaura also returns for his 2nd season in Burlington as the Bees’ trainer. Yoshi has worked with the Royals since 2003. He resides in Osaka, Japan, with his wife, Emi. J. Allan Potts is the new Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Bees. Allan is a University of Kansas graduate where he played football. He resides in Kansas City, Missouri.

Throughout the year, we will be introducing the players.