Zach Wright belted a walk-off grand slam with no outs in the 14th inning to help the Burlington Bees defeat the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 9-5 on Sunday afternoon.
Both Burlington (55-78, 29-39) and Wisconsin (59-74, 30-38) failed to get any offense going in extra innings, but Wright sent the Bees home with a victory, smoking a grand slam off of Jono Armold (4-3). Angel Rosa led off the inning with a triple and both Wade Hinkle and Exicardo Cayones were walked to load the bases. The Rattlers went with a five-man infield, replacing Tyrone Taylor with Adrian Williams. Williams played up the middle, but was not needed, as Wright sent a ball flying over the left field wall to give the Bees a win.
Joey Krehbiel (6-5) earned a well-deserved victory after tossing three perfect innings out of the bullpen.
In the final two innings of regulation baseball, the Bees displayed their recent peskiness, picking up three runs to tie the game. In the eighth, Wade Hinkle singled to start the inning and went to second when Tyrone Taylor struggled to pick up the ball in the outfield. Exicardo Cayones' ground out got Hinkle to third, which allowed him to come home on Zach Wright's sacrifice fly.
In the ninth, Burlington put together a two-out rally against Taylor Wall. Chevy Clarke doubled, and after two ground outs was left standing at third base. Sandy Martinez, who entered the game for Wendell Soto in the seventh, singled into left field to score Hinkle. Angel Rosa singled to the pitcher, putting two men on for Hinkle. Hinkle ripped a single through the hole at shortstop, bringing home Martinez to tie the game.
Wisconsin got the scoring started in the first inning against Ryan Crowley. Michael Reed tripled with one out and scored on a double by Parker Berberet.
Burlington quickly answered in the second thanks to a two-out rally. Jorge Lopez walked Matt Scioscia and Chevy Clarke and Garrett Cannizaro reached on an infield single. Lopez threw a wild pitch during an at-bat to Riley Good, tying the game at one apiece.
The Rattlers went back in front in the fifth, scoring two runs against Crowley. Dustin Houle walked and Chris McFarland reached on a bunt single. After Tyrone Taylor sacrificed the two into scoring position, Reed tripled home both Houle and McFarland. One more run scored in the sixth when Houle doubled in Mike Garza.
The Bees continued to fight, pulling to within two in the sixth on Zach Wright's single that brought home Angel Rosa.
Austin Adams entered the game for Crowley and fired a scoreless seventh, before allowing a run to score in the eighth on a passed ball.
Burlington will play its final game of 2013 on Monday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. All general admission tickets will be FREE!! It will also be a Dollar Monday, so come out to the ballpark to receive hot dogs, pizza, popcorn and pepsi products for just one dollar. Chris O'Grady will oppose Austin Ross.