SALT LAKE CITY — It was a Sunday slugfest at Smith’s Ballpark.
The Salt Lake Bees fell to the Sacramento River Cats 14-11 to wrap up a four-game series against Sacramento in which the home team won once against the Pacific Northern Division bottom-dwellers.
The two teams combined for 35 hits, with the River Cats outhitting the Bees 22 to 13. Orlando Calixte and Carlos Moncrief led the way for Sacramento, with Calixte going 2 for 6 with three RBIs and two home runs and Moncrief batting 3 for 6 with three RBIs and a home run.
The deciding runs in the battle of the bats came in the top of the ninth inning, when Calixte smoked Salt Lake reliever Damien Magnifico’s pitch to the left field berm for a two-run homer that broke the tie. Sacramento added an insurance run later in the frame on a Ryan Lollis RBI double.
The Bees held a 7-3 lead heading into the top of the sixth inning, but the River Cats rallied to score 11 runs in the last four innings of the contest.
Down by three runs going into the bottom of the eighth, an error on a routine ground ball by Sacramento pitcher D.J. Snelten injected life into Salt Lake. Snelten was rattled by his error, and would go on to give up three runs and allow four stolen bases in the inning. Calixte would hit the go-ahead homer in the top of the ninth.
TRANSACTION TRACKER: The Bees made a frenzy of transactions on Sunday morning. Pitcher Justin Miller, who was 5-1 and sported a 5.48 earned run average, was released, and infielder Matt Williams, who played 63 games for Salt Lake and held a .268 batting average and hit 10 doubles, two triples, six home runs and 33 RBIs, was also released.
Right-handed pitcher Parker Bridwell was called up by the Angels and started on Sunday for Los Angeles. With the Bees, Bridwell had a 2-3 record and a 4.28 ERA in six starts. For the Angels, Bridwell is 3-1 with a 3.24 ERA in six games.
Salt Lake added two players to its roster on Sunday, pitcher Mike Morin, sent down by the Angels, and pitcher Osmer Morales, called up from Double-A Mobile.
MORALES DEBUTS: On Sunday, right-handed pitcher Osmer Morales started and became the 37th different pitcher that Salt Lake has used this season. Morales pitched five innings, allowing six hits, three runs (all earned), three walks and two home runs. Morales struck out five Sacramento batters.
The 24-year-old has accumulated a 4-4 record with a 4.83 ERA in 76 innings thrown for the Double-A Mobile BayBears. Morales has been playing professional baseball since 2010, with a career minor league ERA of 3.31.
River Cats — 14
Bees — 11
In short: The Bees found themselves on the short end of a slugfest on Sunday at Smith's Ballpark.
Up next: Salt Lake RHP Troy Scribner (9-3, 4.57 ERA) at Reno LHP Anthony Banda (7-4, 4.69 ERA), Monday, 8:05 p.m.