It's not too often that the Salt Lake Buzz will get a chance to pick on someone that is struggling more than they are. They are in last place in their division and had won only one of their last six games before they pounded the Nashville Sounds 17-6 Friday night at Franklin Quest Field.
The Sounds, before they beat Salt Lake two nights ago, had a six-game losing streak and hadn't won a road game in 10 straight tries, and they, too, like the Buzz are in the cellar in their division."They're struggling worse than we are," Salt Lake manager Phil Roof said after the 15-hit attack. "I had made mention the first day here that this ball club is struggling and it's time for us to take advantage of it."
Salt Lake's Brian Buchanan went 3-for-5 with a homer and five RBIs and Marc Lewis also went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBIs to lead the Buzz to the Salt Lake victory.
Every Salt Lake hitter except Mike Moriarty had a base hit and scored at least one run, but he reached base three times (hit-by-pitch and two walks) and scored twice for the Buzz.
"Everybody hit tonight. I can't get over it," Roof said. "We need three or four nights like this to get everyone comfortable and in the groove."
As for Lewis and Buchanan, Roof couldn't be more pleased.
"Lewis and Buchanan are starting to do the things that are capable of," he said. "It's going to take time. They're young and haven't played a lot of Triple-A baseball."
Despite hitting just .186 heading into Friday's game, Lewis has been on a roll. He's 7-for-13 in series with two doubles and five RBIs, has hit safely in four-straight games, and three-straight multi-hit games.
Buchanan had been equally as impressive in the series with the Sounds. He's 7-for-13 with six RBIs in the series, and has hit safely in five of his last six games.
The Buzz will wrap up the series with the Sounds tonight at 7 p.m. when Salt Lake lefty Benj Sampson (2-1, 6.54 ERA) battles Nashville righty Tavo Alvarez (0-1, 4.83), and a good showing will be important for the Buzz before they take on Oklahoma in a four-game series beginning Sunday, that swept Salt Lake in Oklahoma last week.
Salt Lake's Scott Stahoviak, Corey Koskie and Buchanan all had RBI base hits in the first inning to lift the Buzz to the early 3-0 lead, but the Buzz put the game away with 10 runs in the second inning.
After the Sounds had trimmed to lead to 3-2 in the top of the inning, the Buzz sent 14 hitters to the plate in the bottom of the inning and scored seven of the 10 runs with two outs.
Lewis, Buchanan, Chad Rupp had RBI singles, while Jeff Ferguson added a two-run single and Jamie Ogden, who finished the game 2-for-4, and a two-run double, and Stahoviak, who made two outs in the inning, had a RBI sacrifice fly.
Salt Lake starter Frank Rodriquez earned the victory on the mound for the Buzz. He gave up nine hits and four runs in his five innings of work, while walking one and striking out four.
BEE LINES: Friday's attendance of 9,220 pushed the Buzz over the 100,000 mark for the season . . . Stahoviak extended his hitting streak to five games.