PCL baseball: Loss doesn't dampen Bees' August hot spell

By Conner Johnson

Deseret News

Published: Sunday, Aug. 19 2012 8:19 a.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — Superstitions aside, it's safe to say that the Bees are enjoying the month of August.

Despite Saturday's 9-8 loss, Salt Lake is riding a 12-5 record this month. And more importantly, the August surge has pulled the Bees within two games of Colorado Springs in the Pacific Northern division. Both teams now have the task of chasing Reno to punch a ticket into the postseason.

Things looked sour for Salt Lake after Colorado Springs picked up four runs in the fourth inning to take back the lead. Salt Lake had the answer, however, with five runs of its own in the bottom of the fifth inning, sparked by John Hester's three-run triple and a two-run homer by Cory Aldridge.

The Sky Sox leveled the game in the top of the sixth when Omir Santos connected for his first home run of the season and Andrew Brown smacked a game-tying RBI double.

Colorado Springs scored three runs in the following two innings to hand the Bees a somewhat frustrating loss.

Salt Lake manager Keith Johnson said earlier this month that his team was facing an uphill battle when it comes to playoffs, and that positive results would get them back into the postseason conversation.

"Every game the rest of the way is important," said Johnson. "If we are going to catch Reno, we have to beat them outright. We can't tie them because they own all the tiebreakers against us."

This current series against Colorado Springs could be the most important four-game stretch the Bees will play, given the playoff implications, and most can expect Salt Lake to keep the pedal to the metal as the season draws nearer to a close.

"Obviously we've got our hands full with this Colorado Springs team who have been playing really good baseball lately," said Johnson. "If we catch ourselves seriously in that conversation, then we'll deal with it at that point."

NOTEBOOK: Brad Mills went five innings for the Bees, giving up eight earned runs on 11 hits, including a pair of home runs. The Bees' bullpen entered the picture and gave up just one run on five hits through the final four innings.

ATTENDANCE: A whopping 15,411 fans packed a sold-out Spring Mobile Ballpark to cheer on the Bees.

Email: cjohnson@desnews.com

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