SALT LAKE CITY — Monday brought yet another low-scoring game to Spring Mobile Ballpark, where more missed opportunities doomed the Bees to their sixth straight loss at home.
With a runner on third base and only one out in the bottom of the fifth inning, Andrew Romine and Alexi Amarista both struck out to end the inning.
Jeremy Moore then popped out with runners on first and second in the bottom of the eighth.
And Cole Armstrong was just two feet away from a game-winning home run in the bottom of the ninth, but his fly ball fell harmlessly into the mitt of Colorado Springs left fielder Ryan Spilborghs.
As a team, Salt Lake went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left 11 runners stranded in the 2-1 loss.
"Its just one of those frustrating nights when we weren't able to fight back offensively and get it done," Salt Lake manager Keith Johnson said. "The consistency of getting that guy in from third base with less than two outs has been up-and-down, and that's one reason we have a poor record. It's tough to win that way."
The Bees and Sky Sox will play again tonight at 6;35 p.m.
NAVARRO HONORED: Salt Lake's Efren Navarro was named PCL Player of the Week for Aug. 22-28 after a torrid stretch at the plate. The slick-fielding first baseman hit a league-high .593 (16-for-27) with three doubles, two triples and three home runs last week.
Navarro had at least one extra-base hit in each game and had four three-hit games. He has 12 home runs since the beginning of July after hitting zero home runs the first three months of the season. In addition to his hot hitting, Navarro has the best fielding percentage (.998) of any first baseman in Triple-A.
MOORE IN ELITE COMPANY: A season's worth of highlight-worthy plays have added up to a stellar stat line for Salt Lake's Jeremy Moore. With a home run last Tuesday, the right fielder became just the second player in PCL history (Jack Clark was the other, in 1976) to register at least 15 home runs, triples, doubles and steals in one season.
He's now hitting .296 with 15 home runs, 16 triples, 23 doubles and 19 steals this season.
PLAYING FROM BEHIND: Besides losing six straight games at home since last Wednesday, Salt Lake has only had the lead for a grand total of three innings — spread out to exactly one half-inning each game. In a weird quirk, every time the Bees tied the game or took the lead, their opponent stole it right back in their next time at bat.
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