SALT LAKE CITY—The Bees' home woes continued Sunday, thanks almost entirely to Las Vegas' Ryan Shealy.
The burly designated hitter smacked an RBI single in the first inning, then crushed a grand slam in the top of the fifth. For good measure, he added a two-run single in the top of the seventh inning as the 51s dispatched of the Bees 10-4.
In all, Shealy went 3-for-5 with seven RBIs and two runs scored. He now has 22 RBIs against the Bees this season, the most an opposing player has ever had in one year against any Salt Lake franchise.
The Bees dropped all five games of the extended series with Las Vegas and now have a record of 27-41 at home. This is compared to 32-36 record on the road.
"For whatever reason we've had a tough go of it at home this season — there's nothing I can say to explain it," Salt Lake manager Keith Johnson said. "There has been years where it's opposite, where our home record is 20 games over .500 but we can't win a game on the road."
After scoring a season-high 23 runs against Colorado Springs on Tuesday, Salt Lake plated only 13 runs in five games against Las Vegas.
"Every group is a little bit different," Johnson said. "I'm sure there have been teams in this organization that seemingly couldn't lose at home. Then there's a team like us this season that seem a bit snake-bitten at home."
After falling behind 7-0 midway through the fifth inning, Salt Lake's offense finally came to life. Efren Navarro hit a solo home run — his eighth straight game with an extra-base hit — then Andrew Romine plated two more with a double to left-center.
Alexi Amarista followed with an RBI double down the line in left, capping Salt Lake's four-run inning.
Freddy Sandoval had a golden opportunity to close the gap again in the bottom of the sixth inning. He came up with one down and the bases loaded, and promptly grounded into a 1-2-3 double play to kill the rally.
That was the last real chance Salt Lake had to stay in the game.
Beginning tonight at 6:35 p.m. the Bees will welcome Colorado Springs to Spring Mobile Ballpark for a four-game series. The series finale on Thursday will be Salt Lake's final home game of the 2011 season.
51s 10, Bees 4
Top performance: Las Vegas' Ryan Shealy went 3-for-5 with a grand slam and seven RBIs.
Up next: tonight vs. Colorado Springs, 6:35 p.m.
Next homestand: This is the final homestand of the season. The last home game is on Sept. 1.
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