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Salt Lake Bees enter final stretch by winning series

Published: Saturday, Aug. 4 2012 11:27 p.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — With 29 games remaining in the 2012 season, the Bees are trailing division leader Reno by nine games.

With that said, one thing is for certain — it's not time to reach for the panic button just yet.

For starters, Salt Lake will get to enjoy 16 of those final games at home and are hoping to improve its 26-30 record at Spring Mobile Ballpark.

It should also be noted that Salt Lake doesn't have trouble getting the job done on the road. In fact, the Bees have 31-28 record away from Salt Lake — just slightly edging their home record.

"I don't know what it is about the road, but our guys for whatever reason do a good job of playing quality baseball when we are on the road," said Bees manager Keith Johnson. "The bottom line is we have 20 something games left, so it's just one of those things where it's the home stretch. Go out there and play free, have some fun, play to win and see what happens."

The last year that Salt Lake had a taste of the postseason was in 2008, and it was the same year the Bees set a minor league baseball record by winning 21 of its first 22 games under then manager Bobby Mitchell.

Saturday's 6-4 victory was a step in the right direction for the Bees, as it gave the Bees their first home series victory since June 23-26 when Salt Lake took three out of four games in Reno.

"We have to take care of our business. We can't worry about other teams and what they are doing," Johnson said. "We have an uphill battle if your talking playoffs, but its just one of those things that if we go out and play quality baseball and start racking up wins, we get ourselves back into that conversation."

"If we don't get ourselves into that conversation, then we have a lot of guys playing some quality baseball ending the year with some possible September call-ups," noted Johnson.

NOTEBOOK: Cory Aldridge finished the night 2-for-3 with a run scored, a pair of RBIs and the first home run of the game. Barry Enright will be the starter on the mound Sunday afternoon, where he hopes to carry momentum from his last outing where he pitched a complete game shutout.

DA' BEAR: The guest of honor Saturday night was the one and only Jazz Bear. The Bear was up his usual antics — entering on the extremely loud Harley-Davidson, tossing hundreds of signed Bear headshots into the stands and the infamous silly string massacre.

ATTENDANCE: It didn't drop under 90 degrees, but that didn't stop 9,528 baseball fans from coming out to the ballpark to rally the home team.

email: cjohnson@desnews.com

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