For Immediate Release
By: Bees Staff Writer
May 4, 2018
Photos by: Steve Cirinna
Keinner Pina single to center field to break up the Hot Rods no-hitter in the bottom of the ninth.
Bees Losing Skid Continues as Hot Rods Take Game One 5-2
Bees pitching comes to life but they couldn't get their hitting going until late in the game.
Burlington, IA. - A four game losing streak would be the least of the Bees worries until the bottom of the ninth inning. Keinner Pina rescued the Bees from being no-hit for the second time this season with a lead-off line drive single to center field. Pina would go 1-for 5 but his only hit kept the Bees in the game and safe from the no-no. The Bees drew seven walks and had two errors in the game.
The Hot Rods starting pitcher Brendan McKay got the Hot Rods off the fast start with nearly five innings of work. McKay struck out nine Bees batter and gave up one walk before he left the game. McKay came into the game with a top five Midwest League 1.45 ERA. He threw consistently in the low to mid 90mph range giving Bees hitters a difficult challenge through the first four innings. In the fifth, he'd return to the mound looking for that ninth strikeout having thrown 65 pitches that included 43 strikes. McKay would get his ninth strikeout but would leave the game after two errors by infielders put runners on the corners.
The Final Push
The game would go into extra innings after Spencer Griffin reached on an error by Rutherford that scored Leonard Rivas and Brandon Marsh got caught trying to steal home, tying the game. In extra innings both teams would trade runs in the 11th and 12th innings. One run apiece in the 11th but the Hot Rods managed to put up three runs in the 12th to pull away for the 5-3 win. Leonardo Rivas flew out into a double play to left fielder Moises Gomez who threw Gleyvin Pineda out at third to end the game.
The Bees look to break their five-game losing streak tomorrow against the Hot Rod in game two of the series. Isaac Mattson is set to take the mound for the Bees and Alex Valverde will start for the Hot Rods.
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