For Immediate Release
By: Bees Staff Writer
April 13, 2018
Photos by: Steve Cirinna
Franklin Torres Hits a Double to Center Field and Brings Home the Game Winning Run
Bees Take Down the Champs 1-0
Jorge Tavarez (1-0) comes away with his first win after 2 innings of closing work.
Burlington, IA. - In a game riddled with rain and thunder, The Burlington Bees managed to pull away with a huge 1-0 win against the defending Midwest League Champions, Quad Cites Bandits. A total of 13 hits between the two teams with no errors, made for a pretty suspenseful game. In the eighth inning, Franklin Torres drove a double into center field and brought Torii Hunter around to score from second base. Torres would be thrown out at third trying to take an extra base on the play. That out, ended the inning and proved to be the breaking point in the game.
The Difference A Day Can Make
The Bees found a way to bounce back after being no-hit by three pitchers the day before and muster up seven hits to pull out the win. Burlington left fielder, Brandon Marsh broke the ice with single to center field in the first inning. That would be Marsh's only hit on the night but proved to be the boost the Bees needed to shake their short-lived hitting slump.
Pitching Is Still King
Seven pitchers entered the game but Bees pitcher, Jorge Tavarez would come away with the win. Tarvarez pitched two innings in his closing efforts with two strikeouts, one hit, and two walks. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, he struck out Jacob Meyers to end the game. Keith Rogalla started for the Bees but would leave in the third inning due to an apparent arm injury. Quad Cities pitchers struck out 12 Burlington batters but couldn't hold off the late offense.
Mother Nature Hits the Pause Button
In the bottom of the fourth inning, rain and high winds overtook Community Field and forced the grounds crew to cover the field. The rain delay lasted nearly an hour and a half. When play resumed, fans would have to wait patiently for the offense to show up. A Burlington win in dramatic fashion set the Bees up for successful home stand as they finish up with two more games against Quad Cities Saturday and Sunday.
Photos by: Steve Cirinna
Jorge Tavarez closes the Bandits out with two innings of solid pitching.
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