Salt Lake Buzz manager Phil Roof hit the nail on the head with his comment after Salt Lake's 5-1 loss to Colorado Springs Sunday afternoon at Franklin Quest Field.
"We must have left our bats in the locker room today," he said after his Buzz mustered only six hits in the final game of the eight-game homestand.Sky Sox righthander Mark Brownson allowed just five hits and one run (unearned) while striking out five and walking just two to earn his third win of the season.
"Tell you what, the guy they had pitching today (Brownson) changed speeds, located the fastball and had a decent slider," Roof said. "We chased a lot of pitches. He never gave up making those quality pitches and we never did make the adjustments."
The Buzz ended the eight-game homestand with a 5-3 record (3-1 versus Tucson and 2-2 against Colorado Springs). Now the Buzz begin an eight-game road trip in unchartered waters when they battle New Orleans Tuesday, and a six-hit outing is the last thing Roof wanted, especially when it comes to drawing lines in the sand against new teams.
"It's going to be new. It's going to be interesting. It going to be different because we're going to be playing two clubs we don't know a whole lot about," Roof said of his upcoming series with New Orleans and Oklahoma. "It will be a challenge for us to go and see if we can compete in their environment. We know we can compete out here."
After retiring the side in order in the first two innings, the Sky Sox took the lead with a run in the third, and then broke the game open with the four-run fourth.
Three of the first four hitters reached base, one of which was an RBI single by Tim Barker. Two hitters later Dan Cholowsky added the three-run homer to give the Sky Sox a 5-0 lead.
Salt Lake's only run came in the fifth on an RBI groundout by Jeff Ferguson.
"He (Serafini) had the one bad inning. He was a little up (in the strike zone) still. He was better than he has been. In the one inning he gave up a couple bloop hits and then the home run. The rest of the time he was pretty decent."
Serafini went 61/3 innings and allowed nine hits, five runs (one earned) and struck out four, but suffered his second loss of the season.
Cholowsky led the Sky Sox by going 3-for-four with a homer and four RBIs, while Jon Shave was 3-for-4 for with two doubles for the Buzz.
BEE LINES: Following Saturday's game LHP Chris Cumberland was reassigned to double-AA New Britain, and LHP Travis Miller was activated off the disabled list. We has put on the DL April 20 with a strained rib cage muscle.