Bees Bounce Back in Shutout win vs Clinton

(Stephen A. Cirinna)

May 22, 2018 11:59 PM

For Immediate Release

By: RJ Larson
May 22, 2018

 

 

 

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Game 1: Bees Bounce Back in Shutout win vs Clinton

Burlington jumps out to an early lead, and doesn't look back in win vs the Clinton LumberKings

 

Clinton, IA. - The Bees took game one of Tuesdays double header, defeating the Clinton LumberKings 4-0. Isaac Mattson (2-2) picked up his second win of the season and Clay Chandler (1-1) suffered his first loss. Austin Krzeminski pitched the final two innings, earning him his second save.

 

More early scoring

The Bees gave up two runs in yesterday's first inning, but in today's game, they were the ones who put runs on the board early. Torii Hunter got a one out single past shortstop Johnny Adams, and next man up Julio Garcia hit his seventh double of the year, putting runners on second and third. After a Keinner Pina walked, loading the bases and a mound visit, Spencer Griffin grounded out to second, but he was the only man out, and Hunter was able to score giving the Bees a 1-0 lead. Next batter Kevin Williams Jr hit a line drive to center, scoring both Garcia and Pina, giving the Bees a 3-0 lead in the first inning.

 

Burlington added one more run in the fourth inning, because of an error by first basemen Ryan Costello, which allowed Franklin Torres to score and give the Bees a 4-0 lead.

 

Bees pitching spectacular in game 1

Isaac Mattson had another great start for the Bees, going five innings, allowing just three hits, one walk, and striking out three. Mattson's performance earned him his second win of the season and knocked down his ERA to 4.41. Austin Krzeminski came into relief for Mattson and pitched a great final two innings for the Bees. Krzeminski only allowed one baserunner on a walk and earned his second save. The LumberKings only managed to get one runner in scoring position and left five runners on base.

 

Lots of improvements since yesterday

After a rough game on Monday, Burlington turned things around. The Bees only had four strikeouts in 29 at bats, and only had one error. The pitching for the Bees also kept their pitch count low, thanks a majority of their pitches being strikes. Mattson threw 38 strikes in 59 pitches and Krzeminski threw 17 strikes in 29 pitches.

 

Game 2: Error allows Clinton to score winning run

Costly seventh inning error, allows the Clinton LumberKings to win game two of the doubleheader


 

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Clinton, IA- After shutting out Clinton in game one, the Burlington Bees (18-25) suffered another tough late game loss to the Clinton LumberKings, final score in the second game of the double header was 3-2. Marvin Gorgas (1-0) picked up his first win of the season, after pitching the final inning for Clinton, and Eduardo Del Rosario suffered his first loss, despite not giving up an earned run.

 

Bees strike early again

Burlington got on the board in the first once again, taking a 1-0 lead. Leonardo Rivas lead the game off with a triple, and Franklin Torres drove him in on an RBI single, for his 19th RBI of the season. Burlington added their second run in the fourth inning, on a two out solo homerun from Kevin Williams Jr.

 

Clinton offense comes up clutch again late

After not scoring a run for 12 straight innings, the LumberKings finally got runs on the board in the bottom of the sixth. Joseph Rosa lead off the inning with his fourth double of the season, and Ariel Sandoval drew a walk to get runners on first and second. Jack Larsen's tenth double of the season drove in two runs, tying the game at 2-2.

 

Errors cost Bees late

Burlington had runners at first and second with one out in the top of the seventh but couldn't bring in the go ahead run. In the bottom of the seventh Louis Boyd drew a lead-off walk, and Ryan Scott reached on an error by shortstop Leonardo Rivas, giving the LumberKings runners on first and second with no outs. Billy Cooke would single to right in the next at bat, but Clinton held Boyd at third. Next batter Joseph Rosa hit a hard line drive, but it was caught by third basemen Gleyvin Pineda, and Pineda stepped on third for a double play. The game looked like it was heading into extras, but a fielding error by Julio Garcia allowed Ryan Scott to score the game winning run.

 

Both Clubs have great days on the mound

Despite another tough loss, you have to give credit to the Bees pitching these past few games. Since giving up 21 runs in the series finale to Kane County, Burlington has allowed just 12 runs in the past six games, and only eight have them have been earned. Max Herrmann got the start for Burlington, although he went just two innings because he was ejected in the third inning, he still struck out five of the six batters he faced. Jorge Tavarez threw two scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and a walk. Kyle Halbohn did give up the two runs on two in the sixth, but still went two innings and struck out four.

 

Clinton went with starter Nick Wells in game two and had a decent day on the mound. Wells went six innings, allowed just two runs on six hits, and struck out four. The only big issue with his start is the three walks he gave up. Marvin Gorgas ran into trouble in the top of the seventh but managed to get out of the jam with two strikeouts.

 

Looking ahead

Burlington will look to continue their great pitching performances over the week into tomorrow's 6:30 pm central time game. Burlington is yet to name a starter, but Clinton has announced they will go with their ace Tommy Romero. Romero is 3-2 with a 2.31 ERA, which is best among the starters for the LumberKings. Tomorrow will be his ninth start, and he has given up just ten runs all season on 36 hits. He also is second on the team in innings pitched with 39.0, behind Nick Wells who has thrown 46, but Romero does have a team leading 47 strikeouts, and has only allowed 13 walks. Burlington must get his pitch count high early in the game, so Clinton is forced to go to their bullpen.

 

About the Bees

The Burlington Bees are the Class-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Professional baseball in Burlington, Iowa dates back to 1889, giving this community one of the longest and most storied histories of any current Minor League Baseball organization. The Bees take pride in upholding that rich history and providing a place for community events and maintaining affordable family entertainment.   GOBEES.com

 

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