The Salt Lake Bees remain in first place in the Pacific Coast League’s Pacific Southern Division, but have been unable to pull away thanks to a rough patch that saw them lose six of eight games headed into Tuesday night’s contest in Colorado Springs against the Sky Sox.
The Bees (40-31) suffered a narrow 10-9 loss to the Sky Sox on Monday night at Security Service Field after squandering a pair of late leads. Colorado Springs (37-31) trailed 5-0 through 4 1/2 innings, only to score two runs in the fifth, two more in the seventh and four in the eighth to take an 8-5 lead into the final inning. Salt Lake regained the lead in the top of the ninth as a single by Ben Revere and walks by Francisco Arcia and Sherman Johnson loaded the bases, setting the stage for Matt Thaiss’ grand slam that put the Bees up 9-8. But with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Colorado Springs got back-to-back RBI doubles by Kyle Wren and Keon Broxton to win the game.
On Sunday, Salt Lake erased a five-run deficit in the top of the ninth inning to tie the game, but Colorado Springs responded with a walk-off RBI single by Tyrone Taylor off Bees reliever Jeremy Rhoades to give the Sky Sox an 8-7 victory. The Bees trailed 7-2 after eight innings, but put together a huge two-out rally that included an RBI single by Dustin Ackley, a two-run single by Revere and another run-scoring single by Eric Young Jr.
Saturday’s game saw the Bees claim a 6-2 win over the Sky Sox in the series opener. Kole Calhoun went 2-for-5 with a double, a triple and an RBI from the leadoff spot, and Johnson was 3-for-4 and scored three times. Luis Pena picked up the win on the mount, allowing one earned run on one hit with five strikeouts and three walks in five innings. Ralston Cash and Taylor Cole combined for four innings of scoreless relief.
On Friday, the Bees lost 6-1 to Oklahoma City in the final game of their series against the Dodgers. Salt Lake was held scoreless until Revere’s pinch-hit RBI double off OKC reliever Brian Schlitter in the top of the ninth inning, and managed just six hits during the game.
The Dodgers took a 4-1 win over the Bees in Thursday’s game at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Salt Lake’s lone run came on Julian Leon’s RBI single in the top of the seventh. The Dodgers scored three runs in the third inning and another in the fourth off Bees starter Sean Isaac. The Salt Lake bullpen kept the Dodgers off the board for the next 4 2/3 innings, but didn’t get enough support from the offense as four Oklahoma City pitchers combined to limit the Bees to seven hits.
The Bees wrapped up their series in Colorado Springs on Tuesday night in a game that was not complete at press time. Salt Lake has a 4 1/2-game lead over second-place Albuquerque in the Pacific Southern Division coming into Tuesday’s action.
The Bees will have Wednesday off before opening a four game home series Thursday at 7:05 p.m. against Tacoma at Smith’s Ballpark in Salt Lake City.