The Salt Lake Bees cooled off a bit after a hot streak coming out of the All-Star Break, posting a 3-4 record in their most recent homestand that ended Monday night at Smith’s Ballpark.
The Bees (57-51) squandered an early 5-0 lead in Monday’s finale against Nashville, losing 11-8 in 11 innings to the Sounds. RBI singles by Jose Fernandez, Jared Walsh and Bo Way, as well as a sacrifice fly by Dustin Ackley, drove in four runs in the first inning, and Jabari Blash added an RBI single in the second. But Nashville gradually clawed its way back into the game, eventually forging a 7-7 tie with Brett Vertigan’s bases-clearing double in the top of the ninth.
The Sounds (52-55) took the lead in the 11th on Beau Taylor’s RBI triple, followed by a sacrifice fly by Steve Lombardozzi Jr. and RBI singles by Vertigan and Melvin Mercedes. Blash drove in Taylor Ward with a sac fly in the bottom of the inning for the Bees, but that was all they could muster as their comeback fell short.
Nashville won Sunday’s contest 9-5 as the Bees watched yet another early lead go by the wayside. Michael Hermosillo’s two-run home run in the first inning and Stephen McGee’s RBI groundout in the second had Salt Lake up 3-0, but the Sounds scored three times in the fourth to tie it. Hermosillo’s second homer of the evening gave the Bees a 5-3 advantage in the sixth, but Lombardozzi Jr. hit a three-run single and ended up scoring on the play because of an error by Ward at third base to put Nashville up by two. Mercedes drove in a run on a fielder’s choice and Lombardozzi Jr. had another RBI single in the ninth.
The Bees beat Nashville 11-6 on Saturday night, pounding out 18 hits in the victory. Salt Lake erased an early 3-0 deficit en route to the win. Ward’s RBI single in the bottom of the first got the Bees on the board, and Joe Hudson’s RBI double and run-scoring singles by Luis Rengifo and Matt Thaiss in the second put Salt Lake up 5-3. Kaleb Cowart hit a two-run home run and Rengifo drove in Way with a sac fly in the third to make it 8-3. Thaiss’ solo homer in the sixth made it 9-6. Hermosillo scored on a wild pitch and Ward had an RBI single in the eighth to wrap up the scoring.
The Bees beat Nashville 8-6 on Friday night in the first game of the four-game series. Jose Fernandez hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the second, and Cowart added a two-run double in the fourth. Thaiss and Fernandez each had RBI doubles sandwiched around Ward’s two-run home run in the fifth, and Salt Lake held on from there.
In Thursday’s series finale against Memphis, the Bees trailed from start to finish in a 12-3 loss. Cowart had a two-run single in the third and Nolan Fontana scored on a wild pitch in the fourth to provide the offense.
The up-and-down homestand has the Bees 1 1/2 games behind El Paso for the top spot in the Pacific Southern Division.
After an off-day Tuesday, the Bees will hit the road for seven games. They will open a three-game series against the Iowa Cubs on Wednesday before a four-game set against the Omaha Storm Chasers that begins Saturday.