The Salt Lake Bees are still leading their division, but they aren’t making it easy on themselves of late.
Salt Lake lost three of four to the Pacific Coast League-leading Memphis Redbirds before winning two of the first three games of their series against the Nashville Sounds during an eight-game road trip. The trip wraps up Tuesday afternoon in Nashville with the Bees clinging to a two-game lead over Albuquerque in the Pacific Southern Division standings.
The Bees (57-52) lost 7-2 in a game that began Thursday but was suspended because of rain and resumed Friday. Memphis (71-37) led 3-1 in the second inning at the time of the suspension. Carlos Perez had an RBI single and Rey Navarro added a solo home run for Salt Lake.
The Bees won Friday’s regularly scheduled game 6-5, though the game was shortened to seven innings. Memphis took an early 3-0 lead, but the Bees scored five runs in the fifth inning to jump in front. The rally began on Jake Yacinich’s sacrifice bunt, which led to a throwing error by the Redbirds’ Ryan Sherriff that allowed Tony Sanchez and Bo Way to score. Yacinich scored on Eric Young Jr.’s RBI single, and Navarro drove in two more runs with a single to center field. Memphis tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the frame, but Dustin Ackley put the Bees in front to stay with a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning.
From there, the Bees headed to Nashville, where they lost the series opener 2-1 on Saturday. Ramon Flores’ second-inning home run accounted for all of Salt Lake’s scoring, as the Bees managed just four hits overall.
The offense certainly bounced back the next two games, as the Bees beat the Sounds 12-7 on Sunday and 11-5 on Monday. In Sunday’s game, Salt Lake erupted for 10 runs in the sixth inning after falling behind 6-0. The onslaught included a two-run home run by Jefry Marte, and Sherman Johnson drove in three runs. Young Jr. and Yacinich also had multiple RBIs.
Monday’s game saw the Bees score three runs in the seventh inning and seven more in the eighth as they erased a 5-1 deficit. Young Jr. was 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBIs from the leadoff spot, with his two-run home run coming with two outs in the seventh.
Following Tuesday’s series finale in Nashville, which was not complete at press time, the Bees will have Wednesday off before opening a four-game series against Colorado Springs on Thursday at Smith’s Ballpark.