It has been a rough season to this point for the Salt Lake Bees, but things have started to improve for the Los Angeles Angels’ Triple-A affiliate in recent days.
Salt Lake (23-27), which currently resides in fourth place in the Pacific Coast League’s Pacific Southern Division, has won seven of its past 10 games. That includes a 7-1 road trip against Las Vegas and Sacramento, which concluded with back-to-back wins in California’s capital city on Thursday and Friday, as well as a 5-0 win over Tacoma on Monday in Salt Lake City.
Monday’s win over the Rainiers at Smith’s Ballpark featured a dominating pitching performance from the duo of Dillon Peters and Parker Bridwell. Peters allowed just three hits and struck out four in 5 2/3 innings before giving way to Bridwell, who earned the save by allowing one hit and striking out two over the remaining 3 1/3 innings. Justin Bour hit a solo home run in the first inning, and Matt Thaiss added a two-run shot in the third. Jose Rojas hit a two-run home run of his own to cap the scoring in the seventh inning.
On Thursday, the Bees routed the River Cats 7-1 as No. 9 hitter Roberto Peña went 3-for-4 with two home runs, a double and four RBIs. Wilfredo Tovar also homered and doubled, while Cesar Puello and Taylor Ward also had doubles. Jose Suarez and Jose Rodriguez combined to allow just three hits in the victory.
The next night, Salt Lake defeated Sacramento 1-0 on Thaiss’ solo home run in the top of the sixth inning. Patrick Sandoval threw six shutout innings, allowing three hits, striking out and walking three, and Adrian De Horta picked up the save with three no-hit innings with five strikeouts and one walk.
The Bees’ hot streak hit a speed bump Saturday as visiting Tacoma came away with a 9-4 victory. The Rainiers pulled away with four runs in the top of the ninth inning, but had been in front since taking a 3-0 lead in the third. Bour homered in the loss for the Bees, while Ty Kelly hit a pair of doubles.
The Rainiers handed Salt Lake its second loss in as many days on Sunday, beating the Bees 7-4. The Bees led 4-1 through five innings, but Kaleb Cowart struggled on the mound in the sixth, allowing five runs on six hits and recording just two outs. Ward hit a solo home run in the third and Bour hit two doubles.