Salt Lake Bees: Rare inside-the-park homer helps Tucson top the Bees
SALT LAKE CITY — It was just one of those days for the Salt Lake Bees, a day featuring just the third opposing team inside-the-park homer in 19-plus seasons at what is now known as Spring Mobile Ballpark.
Travis Buck accomplished the rare feat Sunday with a three-run blast to center field in Tucson’s 6-1 victory over Salt Lake.
“It was one of those situations where sometimes things happen,” said Bees manager Keith Johnson.
Buck’s seventh-inning shot caromed to the ground after Bees outfielder Trent Oeltjen hit the wall while trying to field it. Besides Buck, Jeff Decker and Daniel Robertson scored on the play. Decker had reached on a double and Robertson on an intentional walk.
The inside-the-park scores extended Tucson’s lead to 5-0. The Padres built an early advantage off a homer by Brandon Allen in the second and off a sacrifice fly from Gregorio Petit in the sixth. Allen scored on the latter after reaching on a fielding error, advancing to second on a passed ball and making it to third when Jonathan Galvez hit a single.
Salt Lake’s lone response came in the bottom of the seventh when Roberto Lopez belted a solo homer. Tucson, though, countered with an RBI single by Decker in the top of the eighth to cap all scoring in the contest.
The wild affair also featured catcher and batter interference calls in the fifth inning.
“Those things happen. I’ve seen all of them at some point during my career. So it’s not really surprising,” said Salt Lake second baseman Andrew Romine. “It’s just kind of unusual for it all to happen in one inning, I guess you could say. But you expect those things to happen every once in a while when you play as long as we do.”
Even so, Johnson acknowledged the third game of this series could be chalked up as kind of a weird one.
“If you’re a fan, I’m sure you saw a lot of things that you haven’t seen in a while,” he said. ”But like I’ve said, it’s just one game. Tomorrow we have to come out with an opportunity to try to split the series with these guys and just put together a better effort.”
GAME NOTES: The Los Angeles of Anaheim optioned Romine to Salt Lake. Infielder Chance Ross was returned to extended spring training. ... Attendance was 5,038. ... Bees catcher Ryan Dalton made his affiliated debut by playing the entire game and working with four pitchers. The 21-year-old was 0 of 3 at the plate. ... Luis Rodriguez, Efren Navarro and Lopez each had two hits for the Bees. ... Salt Lake starter Orangel Arenas (1-5) took the loss despite giving up just two runs (one earned) while scattering five hits over 6 1/3 innings.
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