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Salt Lake Bees suffer a case of mid-week blues

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 1 2012 11:03 p.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — The Bees were having such a good start to the week heading into Wednesday night's showdown with New Orleans.

Cory Aldridge tied a franchise high with three home runs on Sunday, while Barry Enright fired a complete game shutout on Tuesday — the first for Salt Lake since 2004 — to help the Bees take the series 3-1 at Las Vegas.

Wednesday night was hopefully just a bump in the road, as the Zephyrs were able to down the home team 7-3.

The loss ended the Bees' three-game winning streak leading up to Wednesday, and certainly wasn't exactly what Salt Lake manager Keith Johnson had in mind after such a good showing at Las Vegas.

"Obviously we didn't play that bad tonight, they just got the balls to bounce their way," said Johnson. "It was one of those nights for us, and we'll come back tomorrow and try to win the ballgame."

Brad Mills got the start on the mound, and gave up five runs on 10 hits through seven innings. It was the first time since May 5 that Mills was able to go seven innings for Salt Lake.

"(Mills) is a veteran guy, it's just the perils of our ballpark early," said Johnson. "He did a good job coming back after that."

Although New Orleans scored a majority of their runs with Mills on the mound, the Bees were never quite out of the Zephyrs' rearview mirror heading down the stretch. The biggest deficit was just four runs in the eighth inning, and Salt Lake continued to make a push to take the first game of the series.

"It's a frustrating loss, but also too you've got to shake it off. That's just the nature of the game, so we've got to strap up the bootstraps and get after it," said Johnson.

NOTEBOOK: Cory Aldridge continued to dominate over the plate with his 12th home run of the season Wednesday night. Aldridge finished the game 1-for-3 with an RBI. Ryan Langerhans also finished the night 1-for-3 with an RBI.

BASE THEIVES: Kole Calhoun managed to steal home to record his 12th rob of the season. Luis Jimenez earned his 14th stolen base this year — second best on the team — and Trevor Crowe also added a steal, which gives Salt Lake 106 swipes in 2012. That is second behind division-leading Reno with 125.

ATTENDANCE: A mellow crowd of 4,829 baseball fans scattered the Spring Mobile Ballpark to cheer on the home team under the full moon.

BEELINES

Zephyrs 7, Bees 3

Bees manager Keith Johnson's take: "We battled, but we just weren't able to get the big hit."

Record: 54-58

Up next: vs. New Orleans, tonight, 7:05 p.m. Zephyrs RHP Jacob Turner (1-0, 1.80 ERA) vs. Bees RHP Matt Shoemaker (8-9, 5.80 ERA).

Next homestand: Thursday-Saturday vs. New Orleans (Marlins); Sunday-Wednesday vs. Oklahoma City (Astros).

email: cjohnson@desnews.com

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