CLINTON — The Burlington Bees scored four runs in the first inning and their excellent pitching made it hold up as the visitors knocked off the Clinton LumberKings 4-1 Thursday at Alliant Energy Field.

Right-handed pitcher Carlos Rosa threw seven-plus innings and allowed Clinton just three hits and one run in getting his sixth win of the season to go along with his three defeats.

Reliever Kraig Schambough came in and finished up the game to pick up his sixth save of the year.

Rosa struck out just one batter and allowed three walks.

However, he never allowed a Clinton batter to feel good up at the plate as not very many balls were hit hard all night long.

The LumberKings’ lone run came in the second frame when Freddie Thon led off with a single to left that was followed by a single to right-center by John Whittleman.

Thon scored on an error by shortstop Chris McConnell, who couldn’t handle a throw from first baseman Miguel Vega.

Clinton starter Omar Poveda had good stuff as he struck out eight Burlington batters in just six innings of work.

But Poveda got off to a rocky start, allowing the Bees three first-inning doubles. The big blow was a Vega two-run two-bagger that led to the four-run uprising.

After the shaky first, Poveda settled down and struck out seven of the next nine to keep the LumberKings in the game. Poveda had an excellent changeup and quick fastball that kept the Bees at bay.

Julian Cordero pitched two innings and struck out four, while Jose Marte pitched a strong ninth inning to prevent any more visitor runs.

Bees’ second baseman Valentino Arce, who came into the game hitting only .207, had a big offensive night.

He collected three hits in four plate appearances, including one of the doubles in the very first frame. Vega added a two-hit game.

For the LumberKings, who fall to 22-44 in the first half of Midwest League action, it was another game of struggling offensively.

Besides Thon’s and Whittleman’s singles, Jose Vallejo managed a scratch single in the eighth for the only three LumberKing safeties.

Burlington climbs to two games over .500 with this win at 33-31, good enough for a tie for third place in the Western Division.

The second contest of the four-game series is tonight at 7 p.m.

Clinton will send right-hander Kyle Rogers, 0-4 on the season, to the mound against David Hemminger, who is 1-4.

BEES 4, LUMBERKINGS 1

BURLINGTON CLINTON

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Santana cf 4 0 0 0 Vallejo 2b 4 0 1 0

Arce 2b 4 1 3 0 Smith ss 2 0 0 0

Everett dh 4 1 1 1 Mayberry rf 4 0 0 0

Lisson 3b 3 1 1 0 Thon 1b 4 1 1 0

Vega 1b 4 1 2 2 Whttlmn 3b 4 0 1 0

Howell c 4 0 1 1 Kemp cf 3 0 0 0

McConnll ss 4 0 0 0 Herren lf 3 0 0 0

Jirschele rf 3 0 0 0 Mehl dh 2 0 0 0

Sabatini lf 3 0 0 0 Martinez c 3 0 0 0



Totals 33 4 8 4 Totals 29 1 3 0



Burlington 400 000 000 —4

Clinton 010 000 000 —1

E—McConnell, Vega. DP—Burlington 1, Clinton 2. LOB—Burlington 4, Clinton 6. 2B—Arce, Everett, Vega, Lisson. CS—Kemp.

IP H R ER BB SO

Burlington

Rosa (W,6-3) 7 1/3 3 1 0 3 1

Garcia 0 0 0 0 1 0

Schambough (Sv,6) 1 2/3 0 0 0 0 2

Clinton

Poveda (L,1-7) 6 6 4 4 0 9

Cordero 2 1 0 0 0 4

Marte 1 1 0 0 0 0

Garcia faced 1 batter in the 8th.

HBP—Kemp (by Rosa); Lisson (by Poveda). Balk—Poveda. Umpires—Seneca, Bucher. Time—2:23. Attendance—1,001.

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