The Burlington Bees ended the 2013 season on a three-game winning streak, picking up a 3-1 victory over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers on Monday afternoon.
Julio Concepcion, Chevy Clarke and Sandy Martinez cranked out back-to-back-to-back doubles with one out in the eighth inning to break a 1-1 tie and send the Bees players and fans home happy in the final game of the season.
Burlington's bats were quiet until the later innings, but that is when it mattered. Alan Williams (0-2) came in to the game to start the eighth and he was not greeted kindly by the Bees. Williams struck out Zach Wright to start the frame, but Concepcion followed with a double to center field. Concepcion scored when the next batter, Clarke, doubled him home. Martinez made it triple the fun with his double that allowed Clarke to put the Bees ahead by two runs.
Brandon Love (S, 1) earned his first professional save, retiring the side in order in the ninth, including two strikeouts. The game lasted 1 hour and 59 minutes, which was the shortest nine-inning game for the Bees this season.
Chris O'Grady hurled six innings of one-run ball in his final start and gave way to Daniel Hurtado to toss two scoreless innings out of the bullpen. Those two goose eggs thrown up by Hurtado (2-1) were pivotal in allowing the Bees to come back and beat Wisconsin (59-76).
Burlington (56-78) has clawed its way back into games for the last couple of weeks, refusing to give up, and that showed up once again in the season finale. Wisconsin took a 1-0 lead in the fifth on a two-out single by Alfredo Rodriguez that brought home Orlando Arcia, but the Bees came fighting back in a big way.
Austin Ross had retired 15 in a row after striking out Wendell Soto for the first out in the seventh. Angel Rosa put an end to that with a triple off the wall in right field. The Rattlers brought the infield in and Matt Scioscia lined a ball into the outfield to score Rosa for the Bees' first run of the contest.
Burlington finishes the season with a three-game winning streak, winning 9 of 15 against Wisconsin in 2013. The Bees would like to thank all the fans, players, coaches, staff and volunteers for a great season! Your Bees will be back next year as an affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.