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Bees Rally Late for 5-4 Win over LumberKings

August 1, 2015 - Midwest League (MWL) - Burlington Bees News Release

(Clinton-IA) The Burlington Bees (48-57) rallied to beat the Clinton LumberKings (34-71) 5-4 on Saturday night at Ashford University Field, snapping a five game losing streak.

David Fletcher opened the game by ripping a triple past the diving Austin Causino in center field. The next batter, Tim Arakawa, grounded out, scoring Fletcher, giving the Bees a 1-0 lead.

James Alfonso started the bottom of the second inning with double down the right field line, and then moved to third base on a Martin Peguero single. With two outs, Alfonso came home to score on a wild pitch, tying the game at one. Clinton got the leadoff man on in the bottom of the third inning thanks to a Bees' error. Clinton grabbed the lead thanks to a Brock Hebert single, scoring Gianfranco Wawoe. After Burt Reynolds was hit by a pitch, Alfonso singled in a pair, putting Clinton up by three, 4-1.

Tim Arakawa started the top of the fourth inning with a bunt single and then moved to second on a walk issued to Wade Wass. After a strikeout, Zach Houchins ripped a two out double, scoring Arakawa, pulling the Bees to within a pair at 4-2. The Bees went on to rally late when Natanael Delgado doubled off the wall in left, with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Nick Flair cut the deficit to one, grounding a single to center, scoring Delgado, making the score 4-3.

It was Arakawa starting a rally for the Bees again, this time in the eighth inning. The Bees' second baseman singled to right and moved to second when Steven Mateo singled to right field. After a strikeout and a pop out, Zach Houchins shot a base hit to right, scoring Arakawa, tying the game at four. With two outs, Natanael Delgado singled to center, scoring Mateo, putting the Bees in front 5-4.

Bees' closer Eduardo Paredes (19) worked a six out save, throwing a scoreless eighth and a scoreless ninth inning, securing the Bees' 5-4 win. Bees' reliever Gaither Bumgardner (1-0) earned the win, Kody Kerski (3-3) was charged with the loss. The Bees and LumberKings wrap up the series on Sunday at 2:00 as Michael Bolaski starts for the Bees against Lukas Schiraldi for Clinton.

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