Salt Lake Bees: Bees offense explodes as Salt Lake silences the Sounds 12-6

By Jonathan Boldt

For the Deseret News

Published: Friday, May 17 2013 10:50 p.m. MDT

Bees' Trent Oeltjen smiles after scoring as the Salt Lake Bees play the Tucson Padres in the season opener Thursday, April 4, 2013, in Salt Lake City.

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SALT LAKE CITY — Efficiency and teamwork all came together for the Salt Lake Bees Friday night as they silenced the Nashville Sounds 12-6.

The Bees chalked up their second double-digit offensive night of the season, scoring 12 runs on only 11 hits. Shortstop Andrew Romine chipped in three RBIs and scored two runs to account for nearly half of Salt Lake's offensive output.

Romine didn't take credit afterward but praised his teammates.

"That's my job — to get on base," Romine said. "But those are the guys that drove me in, so that's not all me, not even close to all me. It's the guys in front of me getting guys on base that I can move around. Everyone was just kind of doing their job today."

Center fielder Trent Oeltjen echoed those sentiments.

"One through nine, everyone contributed, and that's one of the things that can really get a team going," said Oeltjen. "I think we're coming into a hot patch here. We have some really good players, and it's just a matter of time. Hopefully it all comes at the same time and we'll have a fun couple of months."

Romine agreed but added there was some slight anxiety Friday until the final out was recorded.

"It was nice, but I've seen some crazy games in the PCL, so nobody relaxed. Our hitters kept getting after it and our guys pitching kept getting after it," Romine said.

Salt Lake manager Keith Johnson noted how his club stepped up to the plate and answered the bell each time.

"I'm just happy for the guys," Johnson said. "It was nice to have one of those breakout games. I don't know exactly what the numbers were, but we did a way better job with runners in scoring position tonight. That's kind of been our Achilles' heal. Our pitchers have been doing a good job for us but we've struggled to get those runs or adding to leads like we should have and letting teams feel like their always in the game for the full nine innings. We did a good job when they answered. We answered and I think that was the difference."

The Bees will look to continue the offensive turnaround Saturday night at 6:35 p.m. at Spring Mobile Ballpark.

Jonathan Boldt is a sports writing intern for the Deseret News covering the Utah Valley. He can be reached at jonboldt@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @jboldt24 - www.boldted.com