The Salt Lake Bees saw their four-game winning streak come to an end Monday night with a 5-4 loss on the road against the Omaha Storm Chasers in a game shortened to five innings.
Salt Lake (61-53) led 3-1 after RBI singles by Bo Way and Luis Rengifo and a bases-loaded balk that allowed Dustin Ackley to score in the second inning, but Omaha (51-62) responded with a three-run home run by Jack Lopez in the bottom of the frame to regain the lead.
Taylor Ward tied the game for the Bees with an RBI double in the top of the third inning, and Omaha’s Humberto Arteaga put the Storm Chasers in front to stay with an RBI single in the fourth.
The Bees were coming off a 6-0 win on Sunday in which four pitchers combined on a three-hitter, striking out 10 and walking just two. Matt Thaiss had a two-run double and Ward, Jabari Blash, Jared Walsh and Rengifo each had RBI singles in the win.
Saturday’s game was a 4-3 win for the Bees as they fought off a late Omaha rally. Thaiss gave Salt Lake a 2-0 lead in the top of the fifth with a two-run single, and Jared Walsh added an RBI single in the eighth. Ward scored what proved to be the decisive run later in the eighth inning on Sam Selman’s wild pitch.
On Friday, the Bees wrapped up their three-game series against Iowa with a 6-4 win over the Cubs. After spotting Iowa a three-run lead in the first inning, Salt Lake cut the lead to 3-1 on Alberto Triunfel’s sacrifice fly in the second. Way grounded into a fielder’s choice that allowed Walsh to score in the fourth inning and Joe Hudson gave the Bees the lead with a two-run home run. Walsh added a two-run shot in the eighth inning to provide some insurance.
Thursday’s 2-0 win over the Cubs snapped a three-game losing streak for Salt Lake. Five Bees pitchers combined to allow just three hits, striking out 12 and walking two. Triunfel and Walsh each had a solo home run for the Bees.
Salt Lake wrapped up its road trip with a Tuesday-afternoon game against Omaha that was not complete at press time. After taking Wednesday off, the Bees will be back in action Thursday at 7:05 p.m. against the Tacoma Rainiers at Smith’s Ballpark in Salt Lake City, opening a seven-game homestand that also features three games against the El Paso Chihuahuas. Entering Tuesday’s action, the Bees trail El Paso by 3 1/2 games in the Pacific Southern Division.