(Burlington, IA) - The Clinton LumberKings knocked around the Burlington Bees early on Thursday night as the Bees fell to the LumberKings 9-0 at Community Field.
A night after putting together a season high in hits, the Bees' offense was quieted on Thursday night, as they were held to just three hits in the loss. The story, however, was Clinton's offense, which put seven of their nine runs on the board in the first two innings.
After Sam Pastrone struck out the first batter he faced of the night, Clinton strung together five straight hits. Connor Hale put the LumberKings in front with a two-run single. Luis Liberato followed with a RBI dobule and Yojhan Quevedo knocked in the final run in the inning with a groundout, putting the LumberKings on top, 4-0.
Clinton went right back to work in the top of the second inning. After a lead off walk, Rayder Ascanio reached on a fielder's choice and an error, putting runners on the corners. Bryson Bigman upped the LumberKings' lead to 5-0. Dimas Ojeda extended the lead to 6-0 with a double.
With the Bees trailing 7-0 in the eighth, Clinton added two more runs, giving the Bees their largest deficit of the season. The Bees offense could not muster a comeback, falling in the series opener, 9-0.
Brandon Miller (1-1) earned the win for Clinton while Sam Pastrone (0-2) was charged with the loss. Ronald Dominguez (1) pitched three innings for the save. The Bees and the LumberKings continue the series on Friday night at 6:30 as Jesus Castillo makes the start for the Bees against Tim Viehoff for the LumberKings. For tickets, visit gobees.com or stop by the Bees' office. For more information, call the Bees a (319)-754-5705.
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