Balks Hurt Bees in Finale

Rivas collects pair of hits in loss

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By Burlington Bees | August 8, 2017 7:05 PM ET

(Burlington, IA) - The Burlington Bees (47-67) balked in a pair of runs in a 2-1 extra innings loss to the Kane County Cougars (63-49) on Tuesday night at Community Field. 

Kane County opened the scoring in the third inning. After Bees' starter Andrew Vinson retired the first seven batters he faced, in order, David Sopilka knocked a one-out single to center. With two outs, Luis Silverio singled to left, placing runners at the corners. Sopilka then came home to score on a balk, giving the Cougars a 1-0 lead. 

Bees' starter Andrew Vinson allowed just one run in five innings, keeping the Bees in the ball game. With two outs and the bases empty in the bottom of the sixth inning, Jonah Todd singled to left and then moved to second base when Julian Leon was hit by pitch. With the bases loaded thanks to a Richie Fecteau walk, John Schuknecht drew a walk, scoring Todd, tying the game at one.

The game would go extra innings and the Cougars would take the lead back in the tenth inning. Eudy Ramos opened the inning with a single and then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. After a walk issued to Manny Jefferson, David Sopilka flew out to center, moving Ramos to third. Bees' pitcher Justin Kelly was then charged with a balk, scoring Ramos, giving the Cougars a 2-1 lead.

The Bees put the tying run on base in the bottom of the tenth but would fall, 2-1. Kane County reliever Trevor Simms (2-1) picked up the win while Justin Kelly (1-2) was charged with the loss. Anfernee Benitez (1) picked up the save. 

Following the off day, the Bees will hit the road to start a four game series at Peoria on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. at Dozer Park. Listen to the Bees with the voice of the Burlington Bees, Michael Broskowski on Fox Sports 104.5 and 1360 and online at gobees.com and foxsportsiowa.com as well as on the MiLB First Pitch app. 

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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