Bees and Rattlers Split Twin Bill

Jahmai Jones homers and drives in a pair

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By Burlington Bees | April 11, 2017 11:53 AM ET

(Appleton, WI) - The Burlington Bees (2-3) split a doubleheader with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (3-3) on Tuesday afternoon at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, Wisconsin. 

GAME 1

Wisconsin jumped out to an early lead, going up 1-0 in the first on a Ronnie Gideon sacrifice fly. The Bees responded, however, scoring two runs in the fourth. Jahmai Jones started the inning with a solo home run to left to tie the game at one. After Troy Montgomery walked and stole second base, the Bees grabbed the lead when Montgomery scored on a Timber Rattlers throw, putting the Bees on top 2-1. 

The Bees added insurance in the fifth and the seventh. With a runner on at second base, Juan Moreno lined a single to left, scoring Josh Merrigan, extending the Bees' lead to 3-1. Jahmai Jones capped off the Bees' scoring in the seventh inning, driving in Merrigan with a single, making the score 4-1.

Reliever Jonah Wesely (1-0) earned the win in relief while Victor Diaz (0-1) was charged with the loss. Mike Kaelin (2) picked up his second save of the season.

GAME 2

Burlington opened the scoring in the first inning. Jahmai Jones and Josh Merrigan walked to open up the game. After a wild pitch moved Jones to third, Jack Kruger hit into a double play, scoring Jones, putting the Bees on top, 1-0.

Bees' starter Erik Manoah allowed just one run in 4.2 innings of work in a no-decision. 

After Wisconsin tied the game on a Bees' error in the fourth, the Bees retook the lead in the seventh. With one out in the inning, Jordan Zimmerman drew a walk and moved to second on a Jeyson Sanchez single. With two outs, Jordan Serena pulled a double down the left field line, scoring both Zimmerman and Sanchez, giving the Bees the lead at 3-1. 

Wisconsin rallied in the bottom of the seventh inning. Jonathan Oquendo started the inning with a double after a fielder's choice, Greg Belton walked back-to-back hitters, loading the bases. After Tucker Neuhaus struck out for the second out, Ronnie Gideon doubled to left, scoring three runs, giving Wisconsin a 4-3 win.

Migues Sanchez (1-0) picked up the win in relief for Wisconsin while Greg Belton was charged with the loss (0-1) for the Bees. 

The Bees and Timber Rattlers will finish up the series on Wednesday night at 6:35. Andrew Vinson will make his first start of the 2017 season and will be opposed by Nattino Diplan for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at Fox Cities Stadium.

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

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