(Peoria, IL) - The Burlington Bees took their first lead of the season on Saturday night but could not hold off the Chiefs, losing 3-1 in their first road game of the 2017 season, at Dozer Park, in Peoria.
After walking seven times in the season opener, the Bees would find their way on base via the walk four times in the first two innings. After Brennon Lund led off the second inning with a walk, John Schuknecht walked, putting runners at first and second. Jeyson Sanchez, making his first start of the season, gave the Bees their first lead of the year, grounding a single into right field, scoring Lund, putting the Bees on top 1-0. The Bees, however, could not add to their lead, leaving the bases loaded in the inning.
Bees' starter Jesus Castillo was cruising, working the minimum through 3.2 innings before Peoria woke up offensively. With two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning, Stefan Trosclair singled up the middle and then moved to second on a Brian O'Keefe single. Ryan McCarvel then gave the Chiefs the lead, crushing a three-run home run to left, the Chiefs fourth homer of the series, putting Peoria on top, 3-1.
The Bees went on to bring the tying run to plate three times but could not solve Peoria's bullpen, dropping their second straight to start the season, 3-1 to the Peoria Chiefs. Brennon Lund reached base four times, including two singles, in the loss.
Peoria reliever Dailyn Martinez (1-0) earned the win with 4.1 scoreless innings out of the bullpen. Jesus Castillo (0-1) was charged with the loss while Estarlin Aries (1) picked up the save. The Bees and the Chiefs wrap up the series Sunday nigt at 5:00 at Dozer Park in Peoria. Joe Gatto makes the start for the Bees against Ian Oxnevad for Peoria.
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