Bees Drop Game 3 at Clinton, 5-2May 8, 2012 - Midwest League (MWL) Burlington Bees
The Bees asked left-hander Brent Powers to make his first start of the season on Monday night. Sean Murphy was scheduled to pitch after Raul Alcantara, but after a couple of rain outs forced Murphy to pitch on Thursday, the Bees decided to use a spot-starter on Monday instead of using Murphy on four days of rest.
The Bees came into the game 10-and-5 when they scored first and 4-and-10 when their opponents scored first. Unfortunately the Bees fell behind in the bottom of the first. Powers faced trouble in all four innings he pitched. The Bees trailed 1-to-0 heading into the bottom of the third.
Powers started the bottom of the third by giving up three straight extra-base hits. The LumberKings' Steve Baron deposited his second double of the game into leftfield. Dan Paolini followed with a two-run homerun over the leftfield wall. The Bees trailed 3-to-0 with nobody out when Jabari Blash shot a triple into left-centerfield. The Bees were able to escape the inning without giving up another run.
But the bottom of the fourth inning proved to be just as bad for the Bees. Anthony Phillips walked to start the bot- tom of the fourth and scored when Dillon Hazlett hit a triple into rightfield. Hazlett would eventually score when Nick Rickles tried to catch him napping at third and instead threw the ball wide of the bag at third for an error.
Powers pitched 3.1 innings and gave up seven hits, five runs (all earned), and one home run. His ERA increased from 3.00 to 4.91 on the year. The Bees turned to Seth Frankoff in the fourth; Frankoff pitched 4.2 innings and gave up five hits while not allowing a walk or a run.
The offense loaded the bases in the eighth and scored a run when B.A. Vollmuth lined a single into leftfield. But the Bees traded two outs for one more run when Dusty Robinson grounded into a double play. The Bees only scored two runs and couldn't muster up a threat in the ninth.
The Bees send right-hander Sean Murphy to the hill on Tuesday afternoon to try and even up the series before returning to Burlington. For more information on Bees baseball, call (319) 754-5705 or visit www.gobees.com.
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