Salt Lake Bees still searching for First Win

Salt Lake Bees still searching for First Win

by Tai Justice

The Salt Lake Bees fell to 0-2 on Friday night in the opening weekend of the 2021 season. They lost the second game of a six game set 8-7. The Bees lost despite their bats coming alive yet again.

Friday, May 7, 2021:

They slugged two home runs on the night and scoring seven in total. The game started off with a bang just like it did on Thursday night Jo Adell, the top prospect in the Angels’ organization, blasted a home run to left-field which gave the Bees an early 1-0 lead.

The runs came early and often in the crisp Salt Lake City air. Aces infielder Christian Lopes the scoring flurry for the Aces. He knocked one out of the park to deep right-center field to tie the game 1-1 in the top of the third.

At the top of the fourth, the Aces really took over the game. They crushed three home runs in the same inning as Seth Beer, Domingo Leyba and Lopes (his second on the night) all hit home runs. This gave the Aces a 5-1 lead. Fan favorite Josh Reddick sent one over the right field wall in the fifth and trotted around the bases to a scattering of boo birds. However, he still extended the Reno lead to 6.

The Bees started to come alive on offense in the sixth as Kean Wong made it a four-run game off an RBI single. Brennon Lund followed that up with an emphatic run to right-center field. Suddenly it was a 6-5 game in the bottom of the sixth. The Bees continued to be haunted by their pitching and poor defense. The Aces scored two more runs in the top of the seventh.

The Bees made an attempt at a late rally once just like they did on Thursday night. Matt Thaiss hit a RBI single to make the score 8-7. It was still too little too late for the second straight night as they fell to 0-2 on the young season.

Saturday, May 8, 2021:

After dropping the first two of the six game set against the Reno Aces, the Salt Lake Bees were back in action at home on Saturday night. They were searching for that first win of the season.

Early on, it looked like they were going to get it as they jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the third behind a three-run blast from Scott Schebler and a RBI double from Jake Gatewood.

The Bees’ pattern continued throughout the series as the Aces matched them in the top half of the fourth. The result came off a grand slam to right field from Juniel Querecutp to tie the game at 4-4. The Aces added an RBI double and RBI triple in the top of the sixth. In the blink of an eye, the Bees’ 4-0 lead was gone as they trailed 6-4 heading into the bottom of the sixth. They then had to work to mount a rally again.

Kean Wong continued his hot start to the season with an RBI single to cut the lead in half. That’s where the theme continued for the Bees so far this season. They lost by one point again with the score this time ending in 6-5. They have now dropped to 0-3 on the season.

The Bees hand the ball to Jake Faria on Sunday afternoon as they still search for their first win of the season. The Aces are giving the start to Josh Green. First pitch is set for 1:05 at Smith’s Ballpark.

Sunday, May 9, 2021

The Salt Lake City Bees took the field Sunday afternoon for a Mother’s Day matinee against the Reno Aces. The Bees were still searching for their first win of the young season after dropping the first three games of the series. They would leave Sunday’s game still searching for that first win.

After two scoreless innings, the Aces plated two runs in the top of the third inning behind a two-RBI single from one of the top prospects in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, Domingo Leyba. That make the score 2-0 after three. The Aces would push the lead to three before Brennon Lund cracked his second home run of the year. This one was a solo blast and it cut the deficit to two for the Bees.

That wasn’t going to be enough. The Aces broke game open in the seventh and eighth behind Trayce Thompson (brother of star NBA player Klay Thompson) and Ranae Martinez. They exchanged doubles before the star throughout these four games so far came through again. Leyba slapped a ball down the left field line and just like that it was 7-1 Aces.

It was 8-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth. The Bees would get one more across and the final score was 8-2 Aces. Catcher Francisco Arcia was one of the lone bright spots so far for the Bees on Sunday. He finished the game 3-4 at bat. That included the RBI single in the ninth inning.

The Aces came into Smith’s Ballpark and took the first four games of the six game set. The teams are set to face off again tonight at 6:35 PM Mountain Time with Zach Lee on the mound for Reno. The Bees have yet to select a starter for this game.

Featured image courtesy Deseret News

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