The Salt Lake Bees came into last week’s road series against Fresno having won eight of their past nine games away from the confines of Smith’s Ballpark.
They were able to maintain some of that momentum, taking three of five from the host Grizzlies at Chukchansi Park in Fresno, California. After winning the series opener 10-9 on Wednesday night, the Bees (26-30) split the final four games of the series against Fresno (28-29). However, Salt Lake remains in fourth place in the Pacific Southern Division of the Pacific Coast League, one game behind third-place Albuquerque.
The Bees lost the series finale 9-8 on Sunday, squandering an 8-4 eighth-inning lead. Fresno’s Raudy Reed hit a three-run home run and Alec Keller added an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game, and Jake Noll hit a walk-off, bases-loaded single to score Carter Kieboom with the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth.
Fresno had led the game 4-2 entering the top of the seventh inning before an RBI single by Jose Rojas and a three-run home run by Kaleb Cowart put Salt Lake in front. Matt Thaiss added a two-run homer in the eighth.
Rojas had an RBI single and Jarrett Parker had a bases-loaded walk in the fifth to get the Bees on the board.
The Bees beat the Grizzlies 5-4 in 11 innings on Saturday on a bases-loaded walk by Parker that allowed Brennon Lund to score. Taylor Ward hit a solo home run in the game, while Cowart had an RBI triple in the first and an RBI single in the 10th. Ty Kelly also had an RBI single in the fourth.
Salt Lake routed Fresno 13-1 on Friday after erupting for eight runs in the fourth inning. Cowart, Kelly and Lund all had run-scoring singles in the fourth, while Rojas had a two-run double. Justin Bour hit an RBI double in the sixth and Ward capped the scoring with a grand slam in the seventh. Greg Mahle picked up the wind on the mound with five scoreless innings of two-hit ball, striking out five and walking none. Alex Klonowski started the game and allowed one run on three hits with three walks and two strikeouts in four innings.
The Grizzlies beat the Bees 13-7 on Thursday after losing Wednesday’s series opener 10-9. Fresno scored five runs in the sixth and eighth innings and another run in the seventh to blow the game open. Parker hit three solo home runs in the loss, while Roberto Peña hit a two-run homer and Rojas added a solo shot. Lund had a double and a triple for Salt Lake.
The Bees opened a seven-game homestand Tuesday night at Smith’s Ballpark in Salt Lake City. Salt Lake will face the San Antonio Missions for three games before playing host to the Round Rock Express for a four-game set beginning Friday.