Garrett Moltzan (1-0) and the Burlington Bees pitching staff endured no hardship in the win against the Springfield Lucky Horseshoes on Wednesday night.
Only two ‘Shoes batters advanced past first base, in large part due to the lack of consistent baserunners, only tallying four hits.
Bees relievers Nick Tampa, Steven Escarcega, and Kyle Maurer would play their part from the bullpen, shutting out the ‘Shoes in the final four innings.
Zachary Ryan (0-1) would toe the rubber for the ‘Shoes after his no decision in the 8-6 loss at Cape Girardeau.
Kevin Santiago would get the party started early for the Bees, singling to left and scoring leadoff man Sam Monroe.
The score would hold at 1-0 as both starters settled in nicely.
Zachary Ryan was removed after four innings and 79 pitches, going three scoreless after the first. He would finish with three hits, three walks, and four strikeouts.
Evan Long would run into some trouble in the fifth in relief of Ryan. He hit Weston Fulk and walked Kevin Santiago with two out. The Bees would get back on the board after a throwing error from Long, scoring Sam Monroe for the second time, and stretching the lead to two.
Bees’ right fielder Sam Monroe’s night was just getting started, as his sixth inning double scored Dawson Estep, giving the Bees a 3-0 lead. He would finish 3-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored.
Evan Long would be removed after hitting AJ Henkle. He was replaced by Lucas Otto, who was pitching on back-to-back nights.
Otto would walk Weston Fulk, loading the bases. The following strikeout of Kevin Santiago gave him the chance to limit the damage and keep the ‘Shoes within three. He would walk Joey Fitzgerald Jr. and throw a wild pitch, scoring two more runs, and giving the Bees a five run advantage on a night where offense was hard to come by.
Runners were on first and third with none out in the seventh when Otto would throw another wild pitch, scoring Ryan Grace.
Trey Adams would add the extra point on a sacrifice fly to make it 7-0, scoring Dawson Estep again.
Steven Escarcega and Kyle Maurer would lock down the final two innings and the Bees would move to 3-5 on the season. Garrett Moltzan would take home his first win of the season, and Zachary Ryan would tally his first loss.
Eight walks and four wild pitches plagued the ‘Shoes pitchers tonight.
The ‘Shoes fall to 3-5, and will come home on Thursday night to take on the Cape Catfish.
The Burlington Bees will begin a Missouri road trip this weekend with a battle versus the O’Fallon Hoots.