For Immediate Release
By: Bees Staff Writer
May 1, 2018
Photos by: Steve Cirinna
Brandon Marsh hits his third home run as a Burlington Bee.
Late Rally by Dayton Nets 10-8 Loss to Dayton
Bees give up four runs in the 8th inning and 2 runs in the 10th and take a tough loss to the Dragons.
Burlington, IA. - Aggressiveness on offense continues to be the Burlington Bees (12-10) focus this season. The Dayton Dragons (11-11) managed to come from behind to shut the Bees offense out late in the game. The 10-8 final score reflects 29 hits and five home runs between the two teams, 19 of them by the Bees. Dayton's relief pitcher John Ghyzel (1-1) recorded his first win of the season, Cory Thompson (1) got the save, and Bees reliever Max Herrmann (1-1) took the loss on his record.
Off to a Hot Start
With the wind blowing out to center field 18 mile per hour, the Bees offense put up three runs in the first inning. Bees center fielder Brandon Marsh connected with an 0-2 pitch and launched it to left field and put the Bees up 2-1. After Spencer Griffin and Julio Garcia both singled to right and left field respectively, Franklin Torres found the gap in the defense and hit an RBI single up the middle to score Griffin and move Garcia to third base. The Bees would bat through their entire lineup in the first inning and capitalized on the early momentum created by the Marsh home run.
David Mackinnon joined the home run ranks for the season with a shot to left field in the third inning. With one on and two outs, Mackinnon put a smooth swing on Mondile's three-one count offering, brought Franklin Torres home from second base and giving the Bees a 5-2 lead. On the defensive side, Samuel Pastrone struggled early in the game but the Bees defense would help his cause and hold the Dragons to only two runs in the first three innings. Pastrone threw 69 pitches, 29 strikes, walked five batters and gave up two runs on two hits. He would also record his only strikeout against Montrell Marshall in the first inning.
Photos by: Steve Cirinna
David MacKinnon rounds third and shakes manager Jack Howell's hand after his first home run.
The Tables Turn Quickly
The Bees enjoyed a sizeable lead for most of the game but the Dragons began to rally in the seventh inning on an overthrow to third base by David MacKinnon, scoring Jose Garcia, making the score 8-3 Bees. After only getting one hit and striking out three times in the bottom the seventh, the Bees would miss a key chance to stunt the Dragons push for a comeback. In the top of the eighth, a three-run home run by Hendrik Clementina sored deep to right field and raising the score to 8-6 Bees with no outs. Clementina's opposite field home run would prove to be the difference maker in the Dragons late game confidence at the plate as a team.
Bees Pitching Struggles to Close Out
Going into the late innings with a five-run cushion, Bees pitching had a tough time settling in for the challenge Dayton brought to the plate. Jon Malmin would take the brunt of the blow giving up four runs in the eighth inning, three of which were earned. Austin Krzeminski chalked up a blown save giving up two hits in 1.2 innings of work on the mound. Krzeminski would get two strikeouts on the positive side of his efforts but the one earned run he gave up tied the game at 8-8.
In extra innings, Dayton would strike first against Max Herrmann and get two runs to help insure the win. On a 3-1 count, Jose Garcia connected for a two-run home run that locked the final score at 10-8 Dayton. In the Bees offensive half of the tenth inning, things looked promising with the bases loaded and only one out, but the Bees failed to cash in on a prime scoring opportunity.
With this loss, the Bees get bumped into third place in the standings with a Cedar Rapids win. At 2.5 games behind the first place Clinton Lumberkings, the Bees will need to find a hot streak in order to stay ahead of the pack as we approach the mid-point of the first half of the season. The Dayton series ends on Thursday early kid's day game at 11:30am. Simon Mathews and Luis Madero set as the Bees probable starters Wednesday and Thursday.
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