Both teams were caught in a "pitcher's duel" through the first half of the game Tuesday. Burlington RHP Nate Long allowed singles in the first, third and fourth innings. The Chiefs left runners at third base in the first, second and third innings. Peoria LHP Eric Jokisch allowed a single to RF Ryan Pineda (1-3) in the first inning and a two-out single to 2B Wade Kirkland (1-3) in the second inning. Jokisch pitched five scoreless innings, walking three and striking out four men.
The Chiefs broke through with two runs in the sixth inning against Long. 1B Richard Jones (1-3) hit a single and DH Anthony Giansanti (2-3) jumped on a hanging pitch and pulled it over the left field wall for a two-run home run and a 2-0 lead.
Long pitched seven innings and allowed two runs on eight hits. He walked one and struck out seven men.
The Bees scored three runs in the eighth inning to take a 3-2 lead. C John Nester (1-3) doubled and went to third base on a wild pitch. LF Royce Consigli (0-4) walked and Pineda lifted a sacrifice fly to right field to score Nester. DH Josh Whitaker (1-4) doubled Consigli to third base. 1B A.J. Kirby-Jones (1-3) hit a two-run double to give the Bees a 3-2 lead.
Peoria scored a single run in the eighth inning. Jones and Giansanti recorded back-to-back walks. SS Elliot Soto (1-3) hit an RBI single to score Jones and tie the game at 3-3.
The Bees and Chiefs play game two of their series on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. RHP Josh Bowman (7-3, 3.57) gets the start for the Bees against LHP Frank Del Valle (0-2, 5.23) for the Chiefs. Pre-game coverage begins at 6:40 p.m. on Newsradio 1490 KBUR and online at www.gobees.com.
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