(Burlington, IA) - The Burlington Bees (26-36) put together a season-high 16 hits in an 8-5 win over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (26-35) on Tuesday night at Community Field.
Juan Moreno opened the bottom of the third inning with an infield single and then came around to score the Bees' first run on a Jahmai Jones double, putting the Bees on top, 1-0. Jack Kruger laid down a sacrifice bunt that was thrown away, scoring Jones, extending the Bees' lead to 2-0. Julian Leon then grounded a single to left field, scoring Kruger. The inning was capped off when Brennan Morgan tripled to right field, scoring Leon, giving the Bees a 4-0 lead.
The Bees' offense added to their lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. John Schuknecht started the inning with a double to left. After a Juan Moreno single put runners at the corners, Schuknecht came home to score on a wild pitch, upping the lead to 5-0. Jack Kruger singled up the middle, scoring Moreno, extending the Bees' lead to 6-0.
After Wisconsin got on the board on a Ronnie Gideon solo home run, the Bees upped their lead in the sixth inning, getting runs on a wild pitch and a Timber Rattlers' error, pushing the lead to 8-1.
Wisconsin sent eight batters to the plate in the seventh inning. Tucker Neuhaus smashed a solo home run to lead off the inning. With one out, Trey York walked and then scored on a Gilbert Lara triple. Jose Caus then drove in Lara with a single, cutting the Bees' lead to 8-4. Caus came home to score on a wild pitch, making the score 8-5.
Ty Barkell (1) was able to come on hold the Timber Rattlers in check, earning the save in an 8-5 win. Nate Bertness (3-4) earned the win for the Bees while Thomas Jankins (3-5) was charged with the loss.
The Bees and the Timber Rattlers will continue the series on Wednesday evening with a doubleheader beginning at 5:00 p.m. Andrew Vinson will make the start in game one for the Bees against Braden Webb for Wisconsin. For tickets visit gobees.com or stop by the Bees' office. For more information, call the Bees at (319-754-5705.
NOTES: Brennan Morgan was a home run shy of the cycle, going 4-for-5. Keith Grieshaber extended his hitting streak to 11 games and Sam McDonnell pushed his hitting streak to 10 games. The Bees set a new season high with 16 hits. Bertness has allowed two or fewer earned runs in each of his last three games.
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