Salt Lake Bees baseball: Winning season within reach for Bees

Published: Sunday, Sept. 2 2012 12:51 a.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — Monday will mark the end of the 2012 season, and with the Bees currently sitting on a 72-69 record, a win Saturday night would clinch the first winning season under the direction of manager Keith Johnson.

Getting that one victory is easier said than done of course, especially when the manager was forced yet again to part with players due to call-ups from the Los Angeles Angels.

Andrew Taylor and John Hester became the fourth and fifth players to get the call since pitcher Garrett Richards was plucked up on August 22nd.

Since that date the Bees have struggled to a 4-6 record, including their first series loss in nearly a month.

Nobody is complaining, of course, since a call-up is something each and every player on the roster plays and hopes for.

Andrew Romine was called-up for the fourth time this season on Friday. Romine had made tremendous strides to get the opportunity to join the Halos, including leading the Bees with 23 stolen bases and seven triples. His mantra is simple — one day at a time.

"I'm focusing on the day. I'm not really looking forward to anything after today," Romine said before departing. "Obviously everyone is looking to go to the big leagues, but what team you're on that day is what matters. I'm here today, and if I am here tomorrow then we are all about winning."

While Johnson has his team paced to finished above the .500 threshold, he is also focused on getting his players prepared for a chance at the big leagues.

"The powers that be, I'm sure they've got their minds made up of who that's going to be, and we are going to go from there," Johnson said. "We are just trying our best to play good baseball, so the guys who get the opportunity to go to the big leagues are able to contribute if called upon."

NOTEBOOK: The rain came a tumblin' down Saturday night, forcing umpires to delay the start of the game until 9 p.m. Surprisingly, it was just the second delayed home game of the season due to adverse weather.

YOU DA MAN: Efren Navarro needs just one more start to tie the franchise record of 139 games played in a season, The record was set by Mark Trumbo in 2010.

NO SLAMS: The Bees are one of two teams that have not hit a grand slam this season. The last Salt Lake player to do so was Jeremy Moore back on Pioneer Day in 2011. Unless someone comes through in the final three games, 2012 would be the first year the franchise has failed to deliver a grand slam.

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