SL Bees Defeat Fresno Grizzlies 6-5 in Series Opener

Bees outfielder Eric Young Jr. (Photo Rob Gray)

Bees outfielder Eric Young Jr. (Photo Rob Gray)

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (April 15, 2017) – The Salt Lake Bees walked-off the Fresno Grizzlies on a bases loaded base on balls, earning a 6-5 win at Smith’s Ballpark on Jackie Robinson night.

With the score tied at 5 in the 10th inning, Eric Young Jr. led off with a single to left field. Young then stole second to put the winning run in scoring position. Fresno pitcher Jordan Jankowski then issued walks to Shane Robinson and Dustin Ackley to load the bases for Ryan LaMarre, who would watch a 3-2 pitch sail by for a bases loaded walk to earn the victory for the Bees. The victory is the Bees first walk-off walk since May 14, 2010 vs. Round Rock and the first walk-off victory without the benefit of a hit since winning on a walk-off error on back-to-back nights against Fresno on April 21 and 22, 2015.

Salt Lake Bees

Salt Lake Bees

Alex Blackford got the nod as the Bees starter, making his Triple-A debut. Blackford allowed three hits, four walks and two runs to score over six innings. Justin Miller gave up the game-tying home run in the ninth inning, but posted a shutdown 10th inning to keep the Bees in it and earn the victory. Young Jr. led the Bees offense with a three-hit night and stole his fourth bag of the season to tie Kaleb Cowart for the team-high.  Sherman Johnson drove in two runs with a two-out RBI double to put the Bees up in the seventh.

The Bees and Grizzlies have two more games left in the three-game series with a Sunday matinee at 1:05 p.m. tomorrow and a Smith’s Family Night on Monday night beginning at 6:35 p.m. Tickets and more information is available at www.slbees.com.

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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