SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake’s seventh-straight loss was a lot like the sixth. The Bees gave up a lot of hits and fell into a deep deficit early en route to a 9-3 loss to Colorado Springs at Spring Mobile Ballpark.
Although Salt Lake manager Keith Johnson acknowledged the Bees are going through a tough stretch right now — they’ve given up 35 hits over the past two nights — he's confident things will eventually turn around.
“Everything comes around in circles,” he said. “So right now is our turn to be on the back side of it and we’ve just got to try to grind through it as best as we can — knowing that we’re going to get back on our winning ways at some point.”
It didn’t take long for the Sky Sox (14-9) to sock it to the Bees (12-14) Tuesday night.
Salt Lake starter Orangel Arenas wound up surrendering 11 hits and seven runs (all earned) in 3 2/3 innings.
Colorado Springs put four runs on the board in the first inning. Greg Golson and Charlie Blackmon knocked in the initial scores before Charlie Culberson contributed a two-run double.
Blackmon added an RBI double in the second to make it 5-0. Two innings later, Golson belted a two-run homer to extend the Sky Sox lead.
The Bees, meanwhile, were hitless until Efren Navarro hit a solo homer with one out in the bottom of the fourth to cut the deficit to 7-1.
Colorado Springs starter Drew Pomeranz went on to earn the win and up his record to 4-0. The left-hander pitched six complete innings with seven strikeouts, allowing only three hits and three walks.
Before his departure, the Sky Sox gave Pomeranz a bigger cushion. They increased their lead to 9-1 on an RBI single from Tim Wheeler and a bases-loaded walk by Tommy Manzella.
By game’s end, every Colorado Springs batter had a hit — including six with two or more.
Salt Lake used five pitchers (including relievers Rob Delaney, Elvin Ramirez, Jeremy Berg and Ryan Brasier) in the lopsided affair, a contest made closer when Luis Rodriguez capped all scoring with a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth.
GAME NOTES: After just one game with the Bees, shortstop Erick Aybar returned to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He had a homer and a double in Monday’s loss to the Sky Sox. ... Outfielder Scott Cousins had his contract selected by the Angels. He’s replacing former Bees outfielder Peter Bourjos, who was placed on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. ... Attendance was 3,594.
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