The Bees got on the board first with three unearned runs in the bottom of the second inning. With two outs, Ethien Santana reached on a fielding error by shortstop Matt Smith. Antonio Sabatini followed with a single and Josh Johnson doubled to left-center to drive in Sanatana. Valentino Arce, who doubled in his first at-bat, lined a single to right-center that drove in two and cap the rally. Those were the only runs allowed by Clinton starter Jacob Rasner (0-1), who got the loss.
Henninger (1-0) pitched five scoreless innings, but ran into some trouble in the sixth. Johnny Whittleman singled, moved to second on a wild pitch, and scored on a double by Joe Kemp. After a lineout by Freddie Thon, Billy Killian walked to chase Henninger from the game after a new career-high 5.1 innings. Adam Kalkhof took over and walked KC Herren to load the bases before David Peterson blooped an 0-2 pitch into right field for an RBI single and cut the Bees' lead to 3-2. Kalkhof got out of the jam with a pop-up and a groundout to end the inning.
Schambough finished the final three innings and allowed two hits and two walks while striking out four for his first professional save. Schambough had been the only member of the Bees' bullpen without a save to his credit coming into the season.
The Bees added a final insurance run against reliever Julian Cordero in the seventh inning. Johnson led off with a single, but was erased on a force play as Arce reached on a fielder's choice. Mario Lisson singled to put runners on first and second for Kiel Thibault who extended his hitting streak to four games with a base hit to right. Clinton got a lift as Joe Kemp made a perfect throw to the plate to cut down Arce for the second out. Jeff Howell was sent up to pinch-hit for JP Lowen and two pitches later he watched as Lisson raced home on a wild pitch for the game's final run.
The Bees go on the road for a three-game series with the Kane County Cougars starting tomorrow night at 6:00 at Elfstrom Stadium. RH Carlos Rosa will make his first start of the year for the Bees against RH Ken Ray for the Cougars. The game will be broadcast live on KBUR AM 1490 and KBKB AM 1360 with the pre-game show starting at 5:40.
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