Swing Stung By Bees on Sunday

The Swing of the Quad Cities had no answer for Mario Santiago Sunday night at John O'Donnell Stadium, losing to the Burlington Bees, 6-1. Santiago retired the first 12 batters he faced in the ballgame, picking up the win while handing Donnie Smith the loss in a rematch of a game on August 20 at Burlington's Community Field.

Quad Cities (41-27, 75-61) lost their second game in a row since clinching the Western Division title with a win on Friday night, and has dropped three of their last four ballgames as they continue to gear up for the start of the post-season on Wednesday. Burlington (29-40, 64-72) is 5-4 against the Swing this year, and will try to be come the only Western Division team to win their season series against Quad Cities in the regular season finale on Monday afternoon.

The Bees' Mario Santiago (3-6) threw four perfect innings to open the game, and allowed just one run on five hits in 7.2 total innings of work. He struck out four while walking one in his second start against the Swing this season. In those two starts combined, he has gone 1-1 with a 2.35 ERA and 10 hits allowed over 15.1 frames.

Quad Cities was trailing by a run after four innings of play and was still in search of their first baserunner heading into the bottom of the fifth. That first runner came in the form of a five-pitch walk to Tyler Greene opening the inning, and there were men on the corners with one away after a Bryan Anderson single and a fly out. Anderson then broke from first on a pitch and purposely got himself tied up in a rundown, allowing Greene to race home and tie the score at one run apiece.

Moments later, though, the Bees snatched the lead back and ran away with it.

Carlos Arroyo, who drove in three runs and finished a triple shy of the cycle on the night, stroked a two-run homer in the top of the sixth as Burlington took the lead for good. One out later Valentino Arce singled up the middle, as Jose Duarte's run-scoring single eventually made it a 4-1 game.

The Bees added to the lead in the seventh, when Mario Lisson led off the inning with his 13th home run of the year and his third hit of the game. Arroyo added a one-out double and came home to score again on a single by Arce, as Burlington's lead ballooned to 6-1.

Donnie Smith (4-2) took the loss for the Swing after allowing four runs on nine hits over 5.1 innings. Smith, who is on track to start game three of Quad Cities' first-round playoff series with Kane County if it is necessary, struck out four while walking one in his final tune-up before the post-season.

Jason Motte was touched for two runs on four hits and a home run in 1.2 frames out of the bullpen, but struggling reliever Danny Borne turned in a solid outing by holding Burlington hitless over the final two innings of the game.

UP NEXT: The Swing will wrap up the 2006 regular season on Monday afternoon against the Burlington Bees at John O'Donnell Stadium, as RHP Adam Ottavino (2-3, 3.63) will take the mound opposite RHP David Henninger (3-6, 4.92). First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. and coverage on Progressive Talk AM-1270 will begin at 1:45 p.m.

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS: Labor Day Weekend continues on Monday day with prize giveaways on Fan Appreciation Day during a Q106.5 $1 Monday. For Wednesday's playoff game tickets will be offered at a reduced rate of $7 for Box Seats and $6 for Bench/Berm Seats thanks to John Deere. Sunday and Wednesday's game will also feature brats for just 25 cents with the purchase of a large drink.

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