SALT LAKE CITY — Tacoma showed up in Salt Lake boasting a 3-1 record at Spring Mobile Ballpark on the Fourth of July. They barely extended that record, as the Bees' five-run rally came up just short in the 6-5 loss.
"That's what our team does, there is no quit in our team," acknowledged manager Keith Johnson. "People thought there was some quit in this team, but there is not and I take it personally."
Brad Mills took the mound Wednesday night for the third time since returning from a shoulder injury. The third outing didn't go as expected, which saw Carlos Peguero slug a grand slam off the scoreboard in right field for Tacoma.
Mills was replaced by right-handed pitcher Sean White after giving up five earned runs through three innings.
"Peguero, that guy is a firecracker right now, no pun intended," said Johnson after the game. "That's what he's been doing lately, you know, he's had five home runs in the last four games."
The bullpen produced for Salt Lake, scattering six hits with one run scored and eight strikeouts.
"Our bullpen came in and did a great job for us," noted the Bees manager.
Tacoma came into Wednesday's matchup in last place in the Pacific North Division, with a dismal 8-22 record versus division opponents. The Bees are now eight games behind division-leading Reno.
NOTEBOOK: Efren Navarro was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, while Paul McAnulty finished the game 1-for-4 with a home run and a pair of RBIs.
LOVE ME TWO TIMES: After turning a double play in Wednesday's game, the Bees now have turned 54 double plays this season.
POWER SURGE: While the Bees struggled to get the ball over the fence on the road, Paul McAnulty and Matt Long each had home runs at home. Salt Lake now has 74 homers on the season, which is sixth fewest in the PCL.
ANGEL WATCH: Mike Trout had another stolen base for the Angels on Wednesday. Trout now has 23, and currently leads the American League in robs.
ATTENDANCE: Nothing says America like a game of baseball, and a sellout crowd of 15,411 fans agreed in the Independence Day showdown.
Bees manager Keith Johnson's take: "We had a lot of unlucky plays tonight."
Up next: vs. Tacoma, today, 7:05 p.m. Rainiers RHP Andrew Carraway (3-3, 3.32 ERA) vs. Bees RHP Matt Shoemaker (5-7, 5.28 ERA).
This homestand: Goes through Sunday vs. Tacoma (Mariners).