SALT LAKE CITY — Barry Enright (3-1) picked up the win on the mound in his first start against Colorado Springs with the Bees.
Enright pitched seven solid innings and allowed just four runs on six hits in the 17-5 victory for Salt Lake.
The win has Salt Lake nipping at the heels of division leader Reno, which coincidentally shipped Enright to the Los Angeles Angels in late July. The pitcher commented about chasing Reno for a playoff berth and about the missed opportunity to do battle with them on the field.
"I want to beat them. I wish we played them again," said Enright. "I don't root against the guys but I wish they would lose 1-0 every game. Obviously, they're my buddies over there, but I'm part of this squad and like I said I hope they lose every game and hope we win every one. I also hope we are a part of it down to the end."
A night after the Bees pitching staff gave up a dismal 12 runs, eight straight runs by the bullpen, Enright put the Bees back on the right track as they split the series versus Sky Sox to continue the hot pursuit of Reno.
"We try to pick each other up, you know the starting pitchers, and like I said the offense kind of picked me up tonight and the defense as well," said Enright. "I wasn't as sharp as I probably wanted to be, but it feels good to get a win."
"Even tonight it's a good thing we got all the runs that we did," said Salt Lake manager Keith Johnson (Enright) didn't necessarily have his best stuff, but was able to make some pitches when he had to that minimized damage and he kept us in the ballgame," said Johnson. "(Enright) did a great job of getting deep in the game for us. It was much needed to get our starter that deep in the game."
The Bees now have the daunting task of battling the PCL leading Sacramento (78-52) in nine of the last 13 games remaining this regular season.
NOTEBOOK: Everyone had their hands in the cookie jar in Tuesday's win. Andrew Romine finished 3-for-5 with five RBIs, for runs scored and a home run. Efren Navarro was 3-for-5 with five RBIs and a double, while Luis Jimenez managed a 4-for-6 night with a pair of RBIs and a pair of runs scored. Cory Aldridge and Ryan Langerhans both slugged round trippers in the Salt Lake victory. Matt Long and Doug Deeds both finished the night 2-for-5.
STOLEN GOODS: Cory Aldridge was the base thief Tuesday night, stealing second base for his sixth rob of the season. Salt Lake is currently second in the PCL with 116 bases stolen this season.
ATTENDANCE: It was dubbed a 'must-win' game, and a grand total of 6,127 fans were treated to a most excellent display of baseball a Spring Mobile Ballpark.
In short: Efren Navarro sailed a two-run double into center field to put the Bees up early. After giving up two runs in the top of the fourth, Salt Lake responded in the bottom of the inning with five runs that included a Ryan Langerhans solo shot and a two-run single by Luis Jimenez. A two-run home run by Andrew Romine put the Bees in a comfortable position to cruise past Colorado Springs.
Bees manager Keith Johnson's take: "Tonight was a nice one-game winning streak, and tomorrow we've got to come out and prove ourselves all over again."
Up next: at Sacramento, today, 8:05 p.m. River Cats RHP Tyson Ross (5-2, 2.74 ERA) vs. Bees RHP Garrett Richards (7-3, 4.21 ERA)
Next homestand: Aug. 27-Sept. 3