Laura Seitz, Deseret News
SALT LAKE CITY — The Bees can shrug off a 14-10 loss Wednesday afternoon, considering Salt Lake conceded just two games in their seven-game stretch against Tacoma.
When you're feeling it, positive things happen. But sometimes things don't go as planned, and the best thing to do is shake off and go about business as usual.
That is exactly what Andrew Romine has done after a brief slump in the Bees last series at Tacoma. The infielder struggled to one hit on 12 at bats in the Evergreen State, though Salt Lake was able to pick up the series sweep on the road.
"Little slumps are going to come for everybody, and you hardly ever see someone go through a whole season without struggling. So just trying to shorten those downtimes and get everything back on track as quick as possible," Romine said.
Manager Keith Johnson admitted that during his tenure with the Bees, it's nothing out of the usual to see Romine on a hot streak.
"That's kind of Romine's M.O.," said Johnson. "I've had him just about every year but once since he's been in pro ball, and he has a stretch where he's on fire and does really, really good."
At the same time, Johnson spoke about the downside and turn-around of having a bad streak.
"But then he'll hit a little cold spell for whatever reason, and then when he comes out of it he can start smoking balls and barreling some balls up."
Romine didn't have nearly as successful a game as Monday night, going 0-for-5 with a run scored, but Johnson revealed that taking the field and playing defense is a great way for players to get back on a positive note.
HOMER ODDITY: The Bees' bullpen struggled to keep Tacoma off the board, and allowed a franchise-record six home runs. Both Salt Lake and Tacoma had 41 at bats, and combined for 34 hits in the offensively fueled matchup.
EJECTED: Tacoma left fielder Trayvon Robinson was retired in the top of the second inning, after umpire Stephen Barga had warned Robinson to keep a lid on it while on deck. It was the first ejection for the Rainiers since April 22.
DUNK CHAMP: Utah Jazz forward and 2012 Slam Dunk champion Jeremy Evans will throw out the first pitch at Thursday's game versus Fresno. Evans will also sign autographs on the concourse during the second inning.
ATTENDANCE: 5,821 fans were scattered throughout Spring Mobile Ballpark for the matinee.
In short: Tacoma took control of the game early, with home runs in the top of the second inning by Vinnie Catricala, Mike Wilson and Luis Antonio Jimenez. Salt Lake cut the deficit to just two runs in the bottom of the fourth, thanks to a pair of stolen bases by Andrew Romine and Adam Heether as well as a Kole Calhoun double. Wilson would connect for his second home run of the game in the top of the fifth, and Luis Rodriguez slugged a three-run homer to double the Rainiers lead. Ed Lucas slugged an RBI home run in the bottom of the inning, but Tacoma tied down defensively to finish out the game.
Bees manager Keith Johnson's take: "We had our chances offensively, but today we had a few to many mental mistakes."
Up next: Fresno vs. Salt Lake City, Thursday, 12:05 p.m. Rainiers RHP Eric Hacker (9-2, 3.27 ERA) vs. Bees RHP Matt Shoemaker (5-5, 4.95 ERA).
Next homestand: Thursday-Sunday vs. Fresno Grizzlies (Giants).
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