Bees Fall to River Cats in Slugfest

Bees pitcher Drew Gagnon

Bees pitcher Drew Gagnon

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (April 14, 2017) – Salt Lake scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth to take a 10-8 lead, but the Sacramento River Cats struck for four of their own in the top of the ninth and held on for a 12-10 win Friday night at Smith’s Ballpark.

“If you had one word to sum up tonight, it’s finish,” Bees manager Keith Johnson said.  “Whether it’s finishing an inning, finishing an at-bat, or finishing the game… We just came up short tonight.”

Bees outfielder Eric Young Jr. (Photo Rob Gray)

Bees outfielder Eric Young Jr. (Photo Rob Gray)

Eric Young, Jr. jumpstarted the Bees offense with a first pitch homer leading off the bottom of the first.  Salt Lake and Sacramento traded runs in the middle innings before Kaleb Cowart’s two-run double gave the Bees a 6-4 fourth inning lead. Sacramento rallied for four runs against Brooks Pounders to take an 8-6 lead, but Young’s eighth-inning double to left-center scored Sherman Johnson and gave Salt Lake a short-lived edge. Young (three hits, three runs scored) and Cowart (two hits, three RBI) were two of four Bees that extended hitting streaks Friday. Young recorded a hit for the fifth straight game, Cowart’s streak reached six games, and Shane Robinson and Dustin Ackley extended their streaks to seven and eight games, respectively.

Bees and River Cats (Photo Rob Gray)

Bees and River Cats (Photo Rob Gray)

The Bees celebrate Jackie Robinson Day and begin a three-game home series against the Fresno Grizzlies Saturday night at Smith’s Ballpark. First pitch is at 6:35 p.m. on Saturday night and tickets are available at www.slbees.com, the Smith’s Ballpark box officer or any local Smith’s Tix location.

Fresno Grizzlies
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG*
Tony Kemp 2B 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .350
Derek Fisher CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .258
Tyler White 3B 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .385
A.J. Reed 1B 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 .300
Teoscar Hernandez RF 3 2 1 0 0 1 2 1 0 .250
Colin Moran LF 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 .243
Reid Brignac SS 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .375
Preston Tucker DH 3 0 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 .258
Max Stassi C 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .222
Totals 33 5 6 1 0 2 5 6 9 .290
BATTING
2B: Tucker (2, Valdez, Jo).
HR: Hernandez, T (3, 2nd inning off Blackford, 1 on, 0 out); Moran (1, 9th inning off Miller, J, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: White 2; Tucker 2; Moran 4; Brignac; Hernandez, T 4.
RBI: Hernandez, T 2 (10); Tucker 2 (7); Moran (5).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Stassi; Kemp, T.
GIDP: Stassi.
Team RISP: 1-for-4.
Team LOB: 4.BASERUNNING
SB: Brignac (1, 2nd base off Blackford/Arcia, F).
CS: Fisher (2, 2nd base by Blackford/Arcia, F).

FIELDING
DP: (Brignac-Kemp, T-Reed).

Salt Lake Bees
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Eric Young Jr. CF 6 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .318
Shane Robinson LF 4 0 2 1 0 0 1 2 1 .419
Dustin Ackley DH 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 .300
Ryan LaMarre RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 .212
Nolan Fontana 2B 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .250
Rey Navarro SS 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 .303
Sherman Johnson 3B-1B 3 1 1 1 0 0 2 2 1 .160
Francisco Arcia C 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .133
Matt Williams 1B 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 .250
    a- Kaleb Cowart PH-3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .342
Totals 36 6 9 2 0 0 6 12 9 .280
a-Struck out for Williams, M in the 9th.
BATTING
2B: Robinson, S (2, Holmes, B); Johnson, S (1, Tolliver).
TB: Johnson, S 2; Ackley; Young Jr. 3; Williams, M; Navarro, R; Robinson, S 3.
RBI: Williams, M 2 (6); Robinson, S (5); Johnson, S 2 (3); LaMarre (4).
2-out RBI: Robinson, S; Johnson, S 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Fontana; LaMarre 2; Ackley; Arcia, F; Cowart.
GIDP: Young Jr..
Team RISP: 3-for-10.
Team LOB: 16.BASERUNNING
SB: Robinson, S (2, 2nd base off Holmes, B/Stassi); Johnson, S (3, 2nd base off Hoyt/Stassi); Young Jr. (4, 2nd base off Jankowski/Stassi).

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Robinson, S (White at 2nd base).
DP: (Navarro, R-Fontana-Williams, M).

Fresno Grizzlies
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA*
Brian Holmes 4.0 5 3 3 4 2 0 5.79
Kevin Comer 2.0 1 0 0 1 3 0 0.00
Ashur Tolliver (BS, 1) 2.0 2 2 2 2 2 0 3.00
James Hoyt 1.0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0.00
Jordan Jankowski (L, 0-1) 0.0 1 1 1 3 0 0 2.70
Totals 9.0 9 6 6 12 9 0 6.14
Salt Lake Bees
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Alex Blackford 6.0 3 2 2 4 4 1 3.00
Jose Valdez (BS, 1) 1.0 1 2 2 2 1 0 4.76
Kirby Yates (H, 1) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3.60
Justin Miller (BS, 1)(W, 1-1) 2.0 1 1 1 0 3 1 3.86
Totals 10.0 6 5 5 6 9 2 5.40

Jankowski pitched to 4 batters in the 10th.

Game Scores: Holmes, B 39; Blackford 54.
WP: Tolliver; Valdez, Jo.
HBP: Arcia, F (by Holmes, B).
Pitches-strikes: Holmes, B 94-48; Comer 34-22; Tolliver 37-22; Hoyt 29-16; Jankowski 20-6; Blackford 87-48; Valdez, Jo 22-11; Yates 18-12; Miller, J 31-20.
Groundouts-flyouts: Holmes, B 5-2; Comer 2-1; Tolliver 4-1; Hoyt 1-0; Jankowski 0-0; Blackford 3-7; Valdez, Jo 1-0; Yates 2-0; Miller, J 0-1.
Batters faced: Holmes, B 21; Comer 8; Tolliver 11; Hoyt 5; Jankowski 4; Blackford 22; Valdez, Jo 6; Yates 4; Miller, J 7.
Umpires: HP: Ramon De Jesus. 1B: Junior Valentine. 2B: Clint Vondrak. 3B: Billy Cunha.
Weather: 54 degrees, clear.
Wind: 6 mph, Out to LF.
First pitch: 6:37 PM.
T: 3:34.
Att: 6,459.
Venue: Smith’s Ballpark.
April 15, 2017

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