Bees come stinging back to win
Burlington, IA (July 13, 2009) - The Burlington Bees won their first series of the second half after defeating Lansing 7-4 Monday night at Community Field. With the win, the Bees took two out of three from the Lugnuts going into Tuesday's league-wide off-day.
Lansing scored the first three runs of the game putting up two runs in the second inning and one run in the third. The Bees began to chip away scoring two runs in the bottom of the third inning. With two outs, Patrick Norris singled and then stole second before Marc Maddox was walked. Nick Van Stratten then doubled to score both Norris and Maddox. The Bees then tied the game in the fifth inning. Norris led off with a single and moved to second on a Maddox hit. Van Stratten then reached on a Fielder's Choice, which pushed Norris to third. Norris scored the Bees' third run of the day on a wild pitch.
Lansing got the lead back scoring one run in the top of the seventh inning. The Bees took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the seventh inning scoring four runs. Fernando Garcia and Norris were walked to lead the inning off. Maddox then put down a sacrifice and reached on a Fielder's Choice on a play where no outs were recorded, which loaded the bases. Van Stratten was walked, which scored Garcia, tied the game and gave Van Stratten his third RBI of the game. Jason Taylor then reached on an error, which also scored Norris and gave the Bees the lead. The Bees added two insurance runs when David Wood singled to score both Maddox and Van Stratten.
Manauris Baez got the start for the Bees but did not factor into the decision. In six innings, he allowed three runs on six hits with seven strikeouts and two walks. The seven strikeouts is a season-high for Baez. He retired ten of the final eleven batters that he faced. Riguy Pena picked up his first win allowing one unearned run on no hits with one walk. Barry Bowden pitched one scoreless inning with two strikeouts for his first hold of the season. Blaine Hardy picked up his third save pitching a perfect ninth inning with one strikeout.
The Bees were outhit 7-6 but Lansing pitchers dished out six walks and the Lugnuts had the only error of the game. Norris and Wood each had two hits. Van Stratten had three RBI while Norris scored three runs.
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