SALT LAKE CITY— Most of the time Triple-A baseball is all about consistency. Stay the course of your game plan, put up the numbers and wait for the result. Sometimes it's as simple as pushing all the right buttons.
The Bees managed to pull off their first win of this home series against Albuquerque, and credit manager Keith Johnson for making the right calls to give his club the 3-2 victory.
"The guys executed tonight," said Johnson. "Obviously, I can put on a play, but it's up to them to execute, and they did a great job of that tonight."
Johnson dipped into his bullpen when the time was right, electing to have Juan Rincon step up for Monday's starter Garrett Richards. Through seven innings, Richards scattered four hits with two earned runs and five walks. Rincon would go on to pitch the eighth, but was replaced by Ryan Brasier who earned the save on the mound.
The most significant call came in the bottom of the seventh inning, when the manager directed Andrew Romine into a sacrifice bunt that would score the game's eventual winning run.
"We had some opportunities earlier and we didn't get the job done, so late in the game I saw the right match up there with Romine and he did a great job getting the squeeze down which ended up being the winning run."
NOTEBOOK: Salt Lake catcher Alberto Rosario took a pitch off his hand in the top of the ninth inning, and needed to be substituted by Robinzon Diaz … Ryan Langerhans was called up to the Los Angeles Angels on Monday after the Halos placed right fielder Torii Hunter on the restricted list with a 'personal matter'.
HOME COOKING: With a single in the seventh inning, Ed Lucas continued to shine at Spring Mobile Ballpark with his 15th consecutive hit at home. That is the longest home hitting streak in the PCL this season. Lucas is hitting ..440 at home during the streak.
SIX PACK: Andrew Romine went 0-for-3 with an RBI in Monday's game, ending his third six-game hit streak this season. His longest streak last season was nine straight games from July 28th to July 7th.
ATTENDANCE: 5,569 supporters rallied behind the home team in the 3-2 victory on a night that dipped to a delightful 78 degrees at last pitch.
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