(Burlington-IA)- Austin Robichaux's solid pitching performance led the way for the Bees, who defeated the Clinton LumberKings, 5-1, in the series finale, on Sunday afternoon, at Community Field.
The Bees kicked off the scoring in the second inning on Sunday. Zach Houchins led off the bottom of the second with a double to left and came home to score on a Natanael Delgado single, his fourth RBI of the series, giving the Bees the 1-0 lead.
Bees' starter Austin Robichaux allowed his only hit, a lead off double, in the fifth inning. The Bees' starter got the next three LumberKing hitters in order, stranding the would be tying run at second base.
Once again Zach Houchins got the Bees' offense in gear with a lead off walk in the seventh inning. Natanael Delgado continued to scortch the ball, smacking a single to right, putting runners at the corners. Ryan Seiz doubled the Bees lead with a groundout to second, scoring Houchins, extending the the lead to 2-0. Later in the inning, Fran Whitten sprayed a single to left, scoring Delgado, upping the lead to 3-0.
The Bees added more insurance in the eighth inning. Michael Hermosillo was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and moved to second on a wild pitch. After a strikeout, Andrew Daniel walked, putting runners at first and second. Zach Houchins shot another double to left, scoring both Hermosillo and Daniel, padding the Bees' lead to 5-0.
Clinton was able to get a run in the ninth inning but Eduardo Paredes, stranded runners at first and second, as the Bees held on for the 5-1 win. Austin Robichaux (3-2) worked seven shutout innings, allowing just one hit, picking up the win. Clinton starter, Jefferson Medina (1-4) was charged with the loss. The Bees welcome in the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers for game one of a three game series tomorrow night at 6:30. Jermey Rhoades makes the start for the Bees against Kodi Medeiros for Wisconsin. For tickets, visit gobees.com or stop by the Bees' office. For more information, call (319)-754-5705.
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