He's only 15 games into his new stint in Salt Lake and it's just April, but first-year Bees manager Bobby Mitchell should perhaps consider renegotiating his contract.
Heck, maybe his whole team should. They all might as well strike (a deal, that is) while the franchise is hot.
And that they are. The scorching Bees won yet again Friday night at Franklin Covey Field a 3-2 crowd-pleaser over the Las Vegas 51s to claim their sixth victory in a row while running their record up to a best-ever 14-1.
The win wrapped up a 6-1 homestand and improved Salt Lake's season record against the 6-9 51s to 7-0.
"We're really, obviously, happy that we're where we are. It's exciting for us," Mitchell said. "I think it helps to keep our intensity sometimes during the game from both a defense and pitching standpoint ... because everybody wants to keep this streak kind of thing going."
Though their base-running left much to be desired for most of the game three runners got caught stealing and another was thrown out trying to advance the Bees' win was set up by a quick-thinking move on the base path.
After singling to open the bottom of the eighth in the 2-2 ballgame, first baseman Kendry Morales rounded second on a Matt Brown single to left field. Las Vegas outfielder John-Ford Griffin bobbled the ball, so Morales, though not the quickest of Bees by any stretch, hustled his 6-1, 225-pound frame over to third base.
Las Vegas intentionally walked Brandon Wood to load the bases with one out, but Bees leftfielder Dee Brown smacked in Morales with a sacrifice fly to left-center.
That ended up being all the Bees needed, as Jose Arredondo came in the ninth to earn his seventh save in as many tries.
"That was very heads-up base-running by Kendry," Mitchell said. "When he saw that (Griffin) had missed it, he didn't hesitate coming to third and that was the biggest play of the game, I thought, because it set up that whole (game-winning) situation."
Catcher Ryan Budde knocked in the Bees' first two runs with a single in the second inning. Las Vegas tied it in the fifth, but Budde said none of Salt Lake's players doubted they'd pull off another win despite the base-running woes.
"Everyone knows it's going to happen," said Budde, who recorded his 400th minor-league hit Friday. "It's fun. The locker room is fun. Anytime you win it's fun a lot of smiles around here. We just gotta try to keep it going."
Salt Lake will do that next in Portland, where it begins a four-game series tonight at 8:30. Bees RHP Nick Green (1-0, 3.71) and Beavers LHP Arturo Lopez (0-2, 11.42) are the scheduled starters.BEES NOTES: Middle reliever Rafael Rodriguez picked up the win on the mound for the Bees, allowing just one hit in three innings. Starter Giancarlo Alvarado went five innings, giving up two earned runs, four hits and striking out six. ... Kendry Morales extended his hitting streak, now at seven, with a sixth-inning single. ... Bees second baseman Sean Rodriguez was called up by the parent Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night, but his first trip to the Major Leagues was delayed as the transaction was rescinded Friday. Pitcher Jason Bulger, who's thrown for the Bees the past two seasons, remained with the Angel. ... Las Vegas catcher Danny Ardoin, who played for the Salt Lake Buzz, had only thrown out one of 12 runners attempting to steal before gunning down three Friday. ... Attendance was 5,707 on the warm Friday night.