Dayton, Ohio (WDTN) -
Burlington starting pitcher Alex Keudell allowed just one unearned run over six innings and the Bees broke open a close game with six runs in the eighth inning on the way to a 10-4 victory over the Dayton Dragons on Sunday afternoon at Fifth Third Field. The loss dropped the Dragons to 7-16 on the season while Burlington improved to 8-11.
Keudell (2-1), the 2012 PAC 12 Conference Pitcher of the Year at the University of Oregon, walked no one and allowed only four hits while striking out six to earn the victory for Burlington. He left the game leading 4-1.
The two clubs traded unearned runs in the first inning before Burlington scored two in the second and one in the third to take a 4-1 lead. The Dragons scored one run in the seventh to make it 4-2 and had the chance to cut the deficit further. Joe Hudson singled with one out and scored on Tanner Rahier's triple to right field. With Rahier at third and one out, Humberto Valor struck out and Beau Amaral also fanned to end the threat.
Burlington responded with six runs in the eighth to take a commanding 10-2 lead. Chevy Clarke's three-run triple highlighted the inning.
The Dragons scored single runs in the eighth and ninth innings to close out the scoring. In the eighth, Jeff Gelalich's RBI single brought in Jesse Winker, who had doubled with one out. In the ninth, Hudson walked, went to third on Valor's double, and scored on a wild pitch.
The Dragons finished with nine hits. Valor and Gelalich each had two. Burlington pitchers walked only one batter and struck out 12.
Dragons starting pitcher Pedro Diaz (0-1) left after just two innings due to a blister problem. He allowed two hits and three runs (two earned) with two walks and a strikeout to absorb the loss. Jesus Adames replaced Diaz and worked three innings, surrendering one run on two hits with two walks and no strikeouts. Tony Amezcua entered the game to start the sixth inning and allowed no runs over his first two frames before faltering in the eighth. He was charged with three runs in that inning. Sean Lucas pitched the final one and one-third innings, allowing three hits and three runs.
The Dragons host the Bees at Fifth Third Field on Monday at 7:00 p.m. in the second game of a three-game series. Drew Cisco (1-1, 2.42) will start for the Dragons against Burlington's Brandon Love (1-1, 3.38). All Dragons games can be heard on WONE Radio (980 AM) and via the internet at daytondragons.com and wone.com.
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