(Burlington, IA) - The Burlington Bees (40-49) fell to the Fort Wayne Tin Caps (39-51) 8-1 in a rain-shortened game on Wednesday night at Community Field.
Fernando Tatis Jr. led off the game with a solo home run to left, giving the Tin Caps a 1-0 lead. Fort Wayne wasn't done in the first inning, scoring again thanks to the long ball, this time from Jorge Ona, extending the lead to 2-0. Buddy Reed started the Tin Caps' offense again in the second inning with a one-out double. Reed then came home to score on a Jack Suwinski single, pushing the lead to 3-0.
The Bees got on the board in the sixth inning. Brennan Morgan and Julian Leon both reached on errors to start the inning. Richie Fecteau then blooped a single to left loading the bases. John Schuknecht drove in the Bees only run of the game with a sacrifice fly, cutting the deficit to 3-1.
Fort Wayne sent nine batters to the plate in the top of the seventh inning, scoring five runs. Fernando Tatis Jr. added to his big night, hitting a grand slam in the Tin Caps' five-run outburst.
The Bees put a runner on in the bottom of the seventh but the rain came and the game was never resumed. Fort Wayne starter Pedro Avila (4-1) earned the win while Andrew Vinson (5-8) was charged with the loss. The Bees and the Tin Caps finish the series on Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. as Jose Suarez makes the start for the Bees against Jim McDade for Fort Wayne. For tickets, visit gobees.com or stop by the Bees' office. For more information, call the Bees at (319)-754-5705.
NOTES: The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Bees. The Bees are now 1-6 against the East Division at home this season. Jordan Zimmerman extended his hitting streak to 17 games while Derek Jenkins extended his to eight games.
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