The Salt Lake Bees have had an easier time of things away from home in recent weeks — a trend that continued during their seven-game trip to Tennessee.
Salt Lake went 4-3, including victories in each of its final three games in Nashville. The Bees capped the trip with a doubleheader sweep Tuesday night, beating the Sounds 2-1 in Game 1 and 9-4 in Game 2 at First Tennessee Park to improve to 33-37 on the season.
In the first game of the twinbill, the Bees did all their damage in the fifth inning on a pair of solo home runs by Michael Hermosillo and Jarrett Parker off Nashville reliever Reed Garrett. Nashville (28-43) responded with an RBI single by Patrick Wisdom in the bottom of the sixth, but that’s all the Sounds could muster in the seven-inning contest.
JC Ramirez, on a rehab assignment from the Los Angeles Angels, picked up the victory on the mound for the Bees. He pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing one run on six hits with two strikeouts and three walks. Jake Jewell earned his fourth save of the season with 1 1/3 scoreless innings of one-hit relief, striking out three and walking none.
Salt Lake’s offense came alive in Game 2, blowing a close game open with a four-run seventh inning. Jared Walsh and Parker each hit solo home runs in the frame, while Brennon Lund had an RBI double and Roberto Peña added an RBI single.
The Bees also had four runs in the second inning. The first came on an RBI double by Lund, and a couple fielding errors by former Bees Jett Bandy and Nolan Fontana allowed Lund to score. Jose Rojas’ double later in the inning brought Peña and Matt Thaiss in to score, and Parker had an RBI double in the third that scored Walsh.
Jaime Barria was the winning pitcher, allowing four earned runs on seven hits in five innings. He had six strikeouts and one walk. Jose Rodriguez pitched the final two innings to pick up the save, allowing two hits and three walks while striking out two.
The winning road trip was enough to pull Salt Lake out of last place in the Pacific Southern Division, as Albuquerque has lost 7 of 10 to fall three games behind the Bees. However, the Bees remain 10 1/2 games behind first-place El Paso in the division.
Salt Lake opens a lengthy homestand tonight at Smith’s Ballpark, beginning at 7:05 p.m. with the resumption of a suspended game from April 10 against the Fresno Grizzlies. The game will pick up with the Grizzlies leading the Bees 8-1 in the fourth inning, and will be followed by the regularly scheduled game between the two teams in the opener of a four-game series. After the series with Fresno concludes Monday night, Salt Lake will open a four-game set against the Reno Aces.