For Immediate Release
By: Bees Staff Writer
May 5, 2018
Photos by: Steve Cirinna
Torri Hunter slides into home after Jeyson Sanchez hits a 3-RBI double in the bottom of the eighth.
Extra Innings Not Enough to Stall Hot Rod Motors in 13-15 Loss
With 14 hits on the night, the Bees offense emerged late to put up five runs in the eighth but fell short in the 10th.
Burlington, IA. - Extra inning games are beginning to be the norm for this 2018 Bees team. The Hot Rods rolled into Burlington for a three-game series and the first two have gone beyond the ninth inning. Extra innings puts stress on bullpens and starting pitchers that may be on pitch counts or piggy back starts. As this game went into extras, the Hot Rods had to call in their backup catcher Mac Siebert (1) to pitch in the tenth and clinch his first save of the season. Siebert gave up a walk, one run, one hit and a strike out to close the game for the 13-15 win.
The Good and The Bad
A total of 28 hits and 28 runs between the teams made for an exciting game for the fans. The four errors that Bowling Green were charged for made the excitement a little more intense and kept the Bees in the game. In the bottom of second inning, Glyevin Pineda sliced a double to right field to bring David Mackinnon home and tie the game 1-1. The Bees would score four runs in the second and take the early lead over Bowling Green. Offensively, Burlington would muster up 14 hits but also left 14 men on base.
Starting pitcher Isaac Mattson shut down Bowling Green hitters 1-2-3 in the third to close out his best inning of the game. Mattson grinded out 4.2 innings, giving up six runs, three walks, and five hits before he left the game. Jon Malmin would relieve Mattson to try and stop the bleeding but gave up two homeruns. Kida De La Cruz checked into the game in the ninth with a chance to get the save. De La Cruz pitched 1.2 innings with two strikeouts, two hits and gave up three runs, two of which were earned.
Bees Offense Keeps Grinding
Franklin Torres hit his second home run of the season in the third inning to stretch the Bees lead to four runs. In 42 at-bats the Bees posted 14 hits and meshed well offensively. Torres would finish 2-for-3 on the day with three RBI and three walks. Jeyson Sanchez went 2-for-6, scored a run, and added four RBI to the offensive mix. With a five run eighth inning the Bees looked be on their way to closing out with a win but the Hot Rods pulled away late. The Bees have the fourth best team batting average at .263 in the Midwest League, they're leading the league in walks with 151 on the year and are sitting in second in the runs scored category with 152 runs.
About the Bees
The Burlington Bees are the Class-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Professional baseball in Burlington, Iowa dates back to 1889, giving this community one of the longest and most storied histories of any current Minor League Baseball organization. The Bees take pride in upholding that rich history and providing a place for community events and maintaining affordable family entertainment. GOBEES.com