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Bees Can't Fend off Clinton, 6-3

August 29, 2012 - Midwest League (MWL) - Burlington Bees News Release

CLINTON, Iowa (8/29/12) - The Burlington Bees (67-67, 35-30) couldn't make an early lead hold in their 6-to-3 loss to the Clinton LumberKings (66-67, 43-22) on Wednesday. Coming into the game the Bees' magic number - the number of win required to guarantee a spot in the playoffs - was four.

For the second straight game Addison Russell provided all the offense for the Bees. The 11th overall pick of the 2012 draft smashed the first pitch of the game towards the hole at shortstop. Russell was able to reach first base and eventually scored after a wild pitch and a passed ball. The Bees led 1-to-0 after the first.

Much like Tuesday's game, Aaron Shipman led off the second inning with a walk and after an out, Michael Fabiaschi also enjoyed a walk. Shipman also earned his 11th stolen base of the season, which eventually put runners at the corners with two outs. Russell blasted the first pitch to deep center field to bring in both runners and the Bees led 3-to-0.

A.J. Cole wasn't lights out, but he did his part to maintain the Bees' lead. The right-hander allowed an RBI double to Jharmidy De Jesus that scored Jabari Blash and gave Clinton its first run. Cole also allowed a solo home run to Dan Paolini in the third inning, which was the seventh home run the righty has allowed this year (all seven have come on the road).

Cole pitched five innings and allowed three hits, two earned runs, one walk, and had four strikeouts. The stud prospect didn't factor into the decision after Chas Mye allowed a two-run bomb to Paolini in the sixth. The homer was second in the game for Paolini and his 18th overall. Mye (4-1) took his first loss of the season.

Drew Tyson pitched a scoreless bottom of the seventh, but struggled in the eighth when he allowed three walks and two earned runs. Ji-Man Choi had the big blow with a two-run single lined right past the drawn-in infield. The LumberKings led 6-to-3 and held on for the win in game one.

Because the Kane County Cougars lost, the Bees are still three games ahead of the Cougars in the Midwest League West. With five games left on the regular season schedule, the Bees' magic number is down to three.

The Bees hope Tanner Peters (2-5) gives the club a good start in game two, which is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. CT start.

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