SALT LAKE CITY— Sunday was all smiles for the home team in a 5-3 victory over division leading Reno after a late rally pushed the Bees to victory.
Kole Calhoun delivered a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to level the score, and Cory Aldridge answered two batters later with a two-run homer of his own that would stand as the final score. It was Aldridge's first home run since June 5th at Fresno.
"You've got a chance to win a game, or do something positive … and I'm just blessed to put a good swing on the ball for a HR," said Aldridge after ending the Bees previous three-game losing streak.
Matt Shoemaker opened the game for the Bees, and was a solid presence on the mound through five innings. Shoemaker gave up three earned runs, scattering six hits with six strikeouts. Shoemaker had to be replaced by Sean White in the top of the sixth inning after taking a ball to the ankle.
"When a guy can get through that, it's usually the adrenaline that gets them through it," said Johnson. "Then you sit them down and the pain starts to set in, so before that happened we decided that five innings was good for Shoemaker and put it in the hands of the bullpen."
The Salt Lake bullpen delivered in strong fashion, giving up zero hits and zero runs to finish the game on a winning note.
"Our guys out there have shown they can do that," said Johnson.
Trevor Bauer came to Utah with a perfect 4-0 on the season, and the 2011 Pac-10 pitcher of the year carried a no-hitter into the third inning before Matt Long singled on a line drive to left field.
Bauer earned the Golden Spikes Award before being drafted as the third overall pick by the Diamondbacks, presented annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country by USA Baseball. The former UCLA Bruin struck out five Bees before taking a seat in the dugout.Comment on this story
NOTEBOOK: The home run power outage at Spring Mobile Ballpark was put in the back seat, after Kole Calhoun and Cory Aldridge each slugged a HR in the bottom of the eighth inning.
STOLEN GOODS: Matt Long stole second base Sunday afternoon. With the steal, Salt Lake now has 74 heists on the season. That is second in the PCL behind league leading Las Vegas. It is also Long's sixth steal of the season.
ANGEL WATCH: Mike Trout had a stolen base for the second consecutive game, and is the American League leader with 21 steals.
ATTENDANCE: On a beautiful 99 degree, overcast day, a scarce 4,013 baseball fans came out to support the home team.