The cliches are old and worn, but for the Salt Lake Buzz, there's no place like home - and is it ever a sweet home.
The Buzz returned to Franklin Quest Wednesday night and defeated the Nashville Sounds 9-5 after a disastrous eight-game road trip.Now 14-16, the Buzz broke a losing steak in which they scored only one more run during the four-loss skid than they did in Wednesday night's contest - and much of the credit can be given to Casey Koskie, who banged in four runs on his own.
However, the whole top of the lineup contributed to the win, as the first through sixth batters in the Buzz lineup recorded at least one RBI.
"We are searching for a combination that works," said Salt Lake manager Phil Roof. "We need to put a streak together where we do well at everything."
Koskie is one who definitely worked well. After an out in his first at bat, he was perfect in his next three bats of the evening, starting with a double in the third that drove in Scott Stahoviak and Chad Rupp, a homer over the left field fence to lead off the fifth-inning, and a two-out solo blast over the right-field fence in the seventh.
The latter shot - which landed on the far side of the berm and bounced out of sight - gave the Buzz a 7-4 lead.
"He is the type of guy that once he gets confidence is going to play better and better," Roof said. "It will be a slow process, but he will get his at-bats and he will swing at bad pitches, and that is all part of it."
Travis Miller - who had seen plenty of action with the parent-club Minnesota Twins - earned his first career save with almost two full innings of work. Ricky Bones earned the win but had to work hard, according to Roof, who was encouraged by his pitcher's effort.
"He didn't have his best stuff but he did what he could to keep us in the ball game. He really fought. We don't make them easy."
The good news for the Buzz is that they host Nashville for three more games, and the Sounds are just 2-14 on the road and have lost 10 straight away from home. Nashville has been swept in three series this year, all of those games were also on the road.
After the Sounds series, Salt Lake stays in town to host a four-game set against Oklahoma.