(Burlington, IA) - The Burlington Bees picked up their second straight walk-off hit, beating the Clinton LumberKings 7-6 on Saturday night at Community Field.
Jahmai Jones got the Bees' offense started in the first inning, sending the second pitch he saw over the left-field wall for his second home run of the season, giving the Bees a 1-0 lead. With two outs in the inning, Jordan Zimmerman knocked a double to right. After a walk to Troy Montgomery, Brennan Morgan doubles to left, scoring Zimmerman, extending the Bees' lead to 2-0.
The Bees sent eight batters to the plate in the second inning. Roberto Baldoquin continued his hot stretch of hitting by doubling to left with one out. Brennon Lund made it a 3-0 game with a single to right. Jack Kruger and Zimmerman followed with back-to-back RBI doubles and the Bees pushed their lead to 5-0.
Just like the night prior, Clinton battled back. Luis Liberato smacked a two-run home run in the sixth to cut the Bees' lead to 5-2. It was another Clinton home run in the eighth, this time from Luis Rengifo, making the score 5-4. Gareth Morgan tied the game for Clinton in the ninth inning with a double, scoring Rayder Ascanio. The LumberKings grabbed the lead on a Nick Thurman triple, making the score 6-5.
The Bees weren't done yet. With one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, Kruger grounded a single into center. Jordan Zimmerman then hit his third double of the game, the Bees, eighth of the game, putting runners at second and third. After an intentional walk to Troy Montgomery, Brennan Morgan singled up the middle, scoring Kruger and Zimmerman, giving the Bees a 7-6 win.
Reliever Jackson Zarubin (1-0) earned the win while Robert Dugger (0-1) was charged with the loss. The Bees will host the Quad Cities River Bandits on Monday, April 17th at 6:30, at Community Field. Nate Bertness makes the start for the Bees against Jorge Alcala for Quad Cities. For tickets, visit gobees.com or stop by the Bees' office. For more information, call the Bees at (319)-754-5705.
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