(Burlington, IA) - The West Michigan Whitecaps (22-12) scored six runs in the fifth inning, beating the Burlington Bees (11-19) 10-3 at Community Field on Thursday night.
West Michigan opened the scoring in the second inning. Blaise Salter led off the inning with a double off the third base bag. After a strikeout, Josh Lester singled to right to put runners at the corners. Daniel Pinero picked up the Whitecaps third hit of the inning, sending a single to right, scoring Salter, putting the Whitecaps on top, 1-0.
The Bees produced some two-out offense in the bottom of the third. Brennon Lund punched a two-out single to center and then moved to center on a Jahmai Jones bunt single. Lund and Jones pulled of a double steal and the throw went into center, scoring Lund, tying the game at one.
West Michigan opened up a 4-1 lead in the fourth inning. The Whitecaps opened the inning with back-to-back singles. With runners at second and third, Cole Bauml hit a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Jake Robson, putting West Michigan back in front at 2-1. John Lester then smashed a two run homer to make it a 4-1 game.
The Whitecaps weren't done, sending nine batters to the plate in the fifth. The Whitecaps scored six runs on four hits and had the help of two Bees' errors.
Brennon Lund picked up his second hit of the game in the fifth inning and later came home to score on a Brennan Morgan single. The Bees scored their third run in the sixth thanks to a Jahmai Jones RBI double, his third hit of the game. That would be it for the Bees' offense, losing to the Whitecaps 10-3. Anthony Castro (1-1) earned the win while Nate Bertness (1-3) was charged with the loss.
The Bees and the Whitecaps continue the series on Friday night at 6:30 pm. Andrew Vinson makes the start for the Bees against Austin Sodders for the Whitecaps. For tickets visit gobees.com or stop by the Bees' office. For more information, call the Bees at (319)-754-5705.
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