The Burlington Bees jumped out to an early advantage and held on for a big 3-1 win over the Kane County Cougars on Tuesday night at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark.
Addison Russell started the ballgame for the Bees (67-66, 35-29) and doubled into the right field corner on the first pitch of the contest from Kyle Smith (4-3). Russell scored when Max Muncy cracked a double off the wall in center field, giving the Bees a 1-0 advantage. Russell was in the mix again in the second as he singled home Aaron Shipman, putting the Bees up by a pair.
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Smith settled in from there as he worked through 5 innings while striking out eight.
Bees starter Blake Hassebrock (2-1) scattered 7 hits over 6 innings as he wiggled in and out of trouble all night. The Cougars (66-68, 32-32) had men on base in every inning except for the fourth but couldn't punch anyone home. They went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.