SALT LAKE CITY — Due to a two-hour rain delay, the 11,207 fans at Spring Mobile Ballpark did not get to watch the firework show after the game. Fortunately for the fans, the Bees (49-41) showcased plenty of fireworks during their 5-0 victory over the Tacoma Rainiers (52-38) on Saturday night.
The game was scoreless after the first five innings, but the Bees' bats came alive in the sixth and seventh innings. After retiring the first two batters of the sixth inning, Rainiers' pitcher Brandon Maurer (2-3) gave up three straight walks, setting up Chris Nelson to blast a two-RBI base hit, giving the Bees a 2-0 lead.
Nelson was impressive at the plate, as he went 3 for 3 with two RBIs to lead the way for the home team.
In the top of the seventh inning, Salt Lake's Ryan Brasier calmly walked out to the mound to relieve starter Dustin Richardson (W, 2-0). Braiser quickly managed to retire the first three batters he faced, giving the Bees a great opportunity to expand their lead in the bottom half of the seventh.
Trent Oeltjen started the inning off with a walk and a stolen base to put the Bees in scoring position. Jonathan Arias came in to relieve the struggling Maurer, but, on his first pitch of the night, gave up a deep, RBI double to John Hester that soared over the center fielder's head.
Matt Long continued the Bees' scoring streak with a bomb that bounced off the wall in right-center field, bringing home one run and leaving him on third. Long crossed the plate just three pitches later off a wild pitch, stretching the Bees' lead to four.
After another walk and a fly out, Kole Calhoun smacked a double to bring home Tommy Field and give the Bees a commanding 5-0 lead after seven innings of play.
Relievers Brasier and Daniel Stange managed to keep the Rainiers in check the rest of the way, allowing just one hit and giving up no runs to bring home the shutout victory for the Bees.
The Bees will face the Rainiers at 1:05 p.m. Sunday afternoon in the last game of their four-game homestand.
Ryan Love was born and raised in Holladay, Utah and is a full-time student at the University of Utah studying communications. Ryan became a part-time employee for the Deseret News in October, 2012. EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org