Salt Lake Bees nearly go hitless, lose third in a row

Published: Friday, July 27 2012 11:28 p.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — The Bees hadn't scored a run through five innings, with Sacramento pitcher Tyson Ross starring down the barrel of a potential no-hitter.

Ed Lucas stepped up to the plate for his second at bat, and singled on a line drive to right field to end Ross' no-hitter attempt. Lucas would score the Bees' first run, after Matt Long followed up Lucas' at bat with a triple to deep center field.

Long has already posted the season's first inside-the-park home run — the 13th in franchise history — and was ever so close to getting his second in the span of just three days.

"That was a good at bat. Especially after we got that first hit," said Johnson.

The River Cats were able to dominate both defensively and on offense, finishing the game with 12 hits and seven runs in the 7-2 victory over Salt Lake.

Defensively, Sacramento allowed only three Salt Lake batters to touch base while Ross was able to dominate the mound with the four hits and two earned runs in the complete game.

"You just do your best to battle. The common theme was he was getting ahead with his fastball, you know, and we were taking a lot of fastballs early in counts and he was capitalizing on that," said Johnson. "If we make plays behind our starting pitcher we limit the runs, and we're in that game a little bit more and maybe we can create some offense," said Johnson.

NOTEBOOK: Salt Lake couldn't take control of the mound Friday night. Starting pitcher Brad Mills gave up seven runs on nine hits through four innings to set the Bees back early. The bullpen didn't give up any runs, but each of the three pitchers gave up a hit. Lucas finished the night 2-for-3 with the game's lone run, while Long and Luis Jimenez both went 1-for-4 in the loss.

WELCOME GEENA: Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis was in Salt Lake to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the film "A League of Their Own." Davis joined batting practice, threw out the first pitch and led the crowd in singing "Take me out to the Ballgame" during the seventh-inning stretch. The event was also held to recognize the Utah Shamrocks, one of the top women's fast-pitch softball teams in the country from 1935-1978.

SO LONG, ANGELS: Both Vernon Wells and Chris Iannetta were out of Friday's lineup, ending their major league rehab assignment to join up with the Halos.

ATTENDANCE: A buzzing crowd of 7,979 baseball fans jammed Spring Mobile Ballpark on Friday night to cheer on the Bees. The fans were also treated to a free postgame screening of "A League of Their Own" on the outfield grass.

Beelines

Bees manager Keith Johnson's take: We've got to do a better job of catching the baseball.

Record: 51-56

Up next: at Las Vegas, today, 8:05 p.m. Bees RHP Matt Shoemaker (8-8, 5.54 ERA) vs. 51s RHP Shawn Hill (5-0, 4.60 ERA)

Next homestand: Aug. 1-4 vs. New Orleans (Marlins)

email: cjohnson@desnews.com

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