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. Continue reading

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.” Continue reading

Salt Lake Bees Defeat Sacramento River Cats 4-3

Bees Catcher Tony Sanchez

Bees Catcher Tony Sanchez

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (April 13, 2017) – On a very windy Thursday night at Smith’s Ballpark, the Salt Lake Bees defeated the Sacramento River Cats 4-3. The Bees bats were hot from the start against River Cats starting pitcher Michael Roth, with eight of the Bees’ starting nine reaching base. Salt Lake opened the scoring in the second when a single from Nolan Fontana was followed by an RBI double from Tony Sanchez to put the Bees on top. Matt Williams continued the rally with a groundball off the glove of Orlando Calixte into left field. Eric Young Jr. then singled into right field, plating Ramon Flores to cap a three-run second inning. Rey Navarro hit a deep left-center sac fly off of Kraig Sitton to bring Kaleb Cowart home, bringing the score 4-0 in the fifth to finish the scoring for the Bees. Continue reading

Bees Secure Season’s First Home Win

Bees second baseman Nolan Fontana attempts to tag out Sacramento River Cats Drew Stubbs.

Bees second baseman Nolan Fontana attempts to tag out Sacramento River Cats Drew Stubbs.

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (April 12, 2017) – The Salt Lake Bees used clutch defense and timely hitting to secure their first home win of the season, defeating the Sacramento River Cats 4-1 Wednesday night at Smith’s Ballpark.

“It was a good effort on the mound by all of our guys, and we put up enough runs in (the fifth) inning to make (the lead) hold,” Bees manager Keith Johnson said.

Salt Lake turned four double plays in the first six innings to back starting pitcher Manny Banuelos, who scattered seven hits over five and two-thirds innings and became the first Bees starter to earn a victory this season. In relief of Banuelos Jose Valdez tied a career-high with five strikeouts and Austin Adams collected a four-out save to finish off the River Cats. Continue reading

Angels Extend Affiliation with Bees Through 2020

CJ Cron - Photo Rob Gray

CJ Cron – Photo Rob Gray

SALT LAKE CITY (April 4, 2017) – The Los Angeles Angels and Salt Lake Bees announced a two-year extension of their Player Development Contract today, covering the 2019-2020 seasons. The announcement was made by Angels General Manager Billy Eppler and Bees General Manager Marc Amicone. The extension will guarantee that the Angels and Bees affiliation will last at least 20 seasons, having started in 2001.

“We are very excited to be able to continue our relationship with the Bees franchise as well as the fans in Salt Lake City,” said Eppler. “We would also like to thank Marc Amicone and his staff for their efforts in this process. Salt Lake has been a first class affiliate for the Angels organization for the last 17 years and we look forward to continuing our longest running minor league partnership in the years to come.”

Over the first 16 seasons of affiliation, Salt Lake fans have seen hundreds of players stop at Smith’s Ballpark before making it to the Major Leagues. Included on the list are two-time American League Most Valuable Player Mike Trout, 2015 Gold Glove winner Kole Calhoun and All-Stars Howie Kendrick, Erick Aybar, Jered Weaver, Mike Napoli, John Lackey, Francisco Rodriguez and Chone Figgins.

“The Angels have always been tremendous partners and we greatly value our shared history,” President of Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment Steve Starks said. “We thank Arte Moreno, Billy Eppler and everyone in the Angels organization for their friendship and trust in the Salt Lake Bees.”

Jefry Marte - Photo Rob Gray

Jefry Marte – Photo Rob Gray

The current Angels 40-man roster includes 22 players that have suited up for Salt Lake during their careers, including Trout, Calhoun, Cam Bedrosian, C.J. Cron, Matt Shoemaker, Garrett Richards, Mike Morin, Carlos Perez and Tyler Skaggs and injury rehabilitation assignments from Andrelton Simmons and Cliff Pennington.

“To continue this affiliation is extremely special,” Amicone said. “We have enjoyed our part in developing Major League stars for the Angels and look forward to seeing more great players pass through Salt Lake over the next four seasons.”

The Bees season begins on Thursday as Salt Lake travels to Albuquerque for a five-game series. The team returns home to open a seven-game homestand at Smith’s Ballpark on Tuesday, April 11 for the home opener against the Sacramento River Cats at 6:35 p.m. Tickets for all 71 Bees home games are available at www.slbees.com, Smith’s Tix outlets and the Salt Lake Bees box office.