Jazz draftees Dante Exum and Rodney Hood throw out first pitches in Salt Lake Bees' win over El Paso
SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake Bees might want to welcome back the two newest Jazz draftees on a regular basis.
Before Saturday night's game, the Jazz's 2014 draft class, Dante Exum and Rodney Hood, threw out the ceremonial first pitches. After the two new Jazzmen led things off, Salt Lake pitcher Jarrett Grube took the mound and paced Salt Lake to a 5-3 victory over El Paso.
It was only the second win for the Bees (36-54) in their last six games.
Grube pitched seven innings, scattering four hits and allowing just one run to collect his sixth victory of the season.
"He mixed his pitches up well tonight," Bees manager Keith Johnson said. "He was throwing his fastball in the zone, getting ahead with it, throwing it inside and outside. His slider is never an issue for him — it's always a good pitch for him — but I thought he did a really good job of using his fastball tonight."
A day after being held to one run, the Bees looked to be in for more of the same early in Saturday's game. El Paso starter Juan Oramas scorched through the first three innings, going through Salt Lake's lineup in just 31 pitches. He wasn't so successful the second time around.
In the fourth inning, Bees left fielder J.B. Shuck singled to right field for Salt Lake's first hit of the night. Luis Jimenez and Roberto Lopez added RBI doubles and Salt Lake took a 2-0 lead.
Oramas's struggles continued the next inning. The left-hander issued issued two walks and gave up three hits as the Bees jumped up 5-1 and knocked the El Paso starter out of the game.
"It was a guy we haven't seen yet, so after that first time through they saw some pitches that they could hit and they did a good job," Johnson said. "(We) did a good job of being patient and getting (ourselves) in hitter's counts."
El Paso was able to get get the winning run to the plate in the ninth, but Yoslan Herrera was able to keep the Chihuahuas at bay and close out the game.
"Herrera has had some tough breaks this year, so it was good to see him go out there and close the door for us," Johnson said.
Notes: With his two doubles, Jimenez is now tied for second in the PCL with 25 second baggers. On July 4, Jimenez started his 206th game at third base for Salt Lake, the most in franchise history
Bees 5, El Paso 3
In short: Salt Lake starter Jarrett Grube pitched seven innings, only allowing one run, and the Bees were able to hold on in the ninth for a 5-3 victory over the Chihuahuas.
Up next: El Paso at Salt Lake, Sunday, 1:05 p.m.
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