The Salt Lake Bees celebrated their PCL division championship late into the night on Tuesday.
It looked like it on Wednesday night, too.
The Bees, playing the first of their virtually meaningless final six regular-season games, got pounded 10-5 by the Fresno Grizzlies on Wednesday night.
The lopsided loss, of course, didn't matter in the overall scheme of things. The Bees are just trying to get things set up for their first-round, best-of-5 playoff series that begins next Wednesday at Franklin Covey Field, likely against the Sacramento River Cats.
One thing the Bees know, however, is that they will be happy to be done with the Grizzlies this season. Fresno, which won't make the playoffs, has beaten Salt Lake 11 out of 15 times they've played this season.
"I'm glad we're not playing Fresno in the playoffs," said Bees manager Brian Harper with a smile, "because they kill us. That's all I can say."
Grizzlies pitcher Sun-Woo Kim has been particularly tough against Salt Lake. He improved to 8-7 overall this season with the victory but is 4-0 now against the Bees.
"We have trouble with Kim for some reason although we hit him better tonight than we have in the past," said Harper.
Wednesday's game was tied 1-1 through two innings before the Grizzlies got to Bees starter Jonathan Rouwenhorst with three runs in the third and three more in the fifth. Rouwenhorst, who was 9-3 to start the season, fell to 10-9 on the year with the loss.
Salt Lake got a little bit of offense going in the bottom of the sixth inning as Juan Rivera hit a two-run double. Brandon Wood ripped a solo homer in the ninth his team-high 22nd of the season. But it wasn't nearly enough.
While the loss on Wednesday wasn't particularly upsetting for the Bees, they don't want to make a habit of it even though they don't need to win another game during the regular season in order to get to the postseason.
"We want to go into the playoffs playing well," said Harper. "We want to play well this weekend. Obviously, (Wednesday night's) game wasn't a huge game, but we can't just start to take things easy. We still need to play hard."
Salt Lake will finish its four-game set with Fresno tonight. Former Cy Young Award winner Bartolo Colon will get the start for the Bees on a major league rehab assignment. The Grizzlies are scheduled to send Matt Kinney (12-9, 3.94 ERA) to the mound.
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