SALT LAKE CITY — For the second-straight night, the Salt Lake Bees' offense was on fire, earning a sizzling 10-2 win over the visiting Tacoma Rainiers on Sunday night.
It all started when Jeremy Moore hit an inside-the-park grand slam in the bottom of the first inning. The lefty sent a high flyball to the outfield and Rainier left fielder Carlos Peguero lost track of it in the sun. As he moved forward toward the infield to relocate it, the ball landed on the warning track, allowing four Bees — Jeff Baisley, Paul McAnulty, Efren Navarro, and Moore — to cross the plate.
"No, I've never seen that happen," Bees pitcher Jerome Williams said when asked about Moore's hit, and Moore interjected, saying, "But he has now."
"I've played out there and I know it's a tough left field with the sun at that time of night," Moore added. "I hit a pop up and I saw the left fielder coming in so I knew it was a possibility. I always run hard, so I didn't have to pick it up once he dropped it, and it worked out well for me."
Rainiers starting pitcher Mauricio Robles walked 10 batters before being pulled in the second inning, and the Bees posted a 7-0 lead with just one hit by the end of that inning.
Leading the Salt Lake defense was Williams, the Bees' winning pitcher, who accounted for all nine outs in the first three innings and finished with 12 strikeouts in six innings on the mound. It was a career high for the starter, besting his previous record of 10 strikeouts in a game, and falling just shy of the Bees' team high of 14.
"I didn't know I had nine straight outs," Williams said, "I was just throwing. Once (Tacoma) finally hit that first ground ball, (my teammates) told me and I just couldn't believe it. I've never thrown that well."
Tacoma reliever Forrest Snow struck out nine batters in six innings in his Rainier debut. The game's pitchers combined for 25 of the 54 total outs.Comment on this story
Efren Navarro ripped the first pitch of the third inning up the first-base line, landing it just inside the right field foul pole for Salt Lake's second homer of the game, and an 8-0 advantage. Hank Conger hit an RBI-single and Baisley added an RBI-double in the fourth to add two more runs to the Bees' total. Salt Lake scored in each of the first four innings and didn't allow the Rainiers to cross home until the seventh. They added their second run in the ninth inning.
"It's nice to get back into it," Moore said. "It's nice to get things going like this again."
Moore, the Bees' center fielder, finished the game 2-for-4 at the plate with four RBIs. Conger, Baisley and Navarro each drove home two runs and second baseman Gil Velazquez scored three times.