Salt Lake's season-opening streak of success is quickly giving way to a slide.
Tuesday's 5-3 loss to Colorado Springs at Franklin Covey Field was the Bees' third consecutive setback (all at home). They've lost six of their past seven and 10 of their last 13 outings.
Salt Lake manager Bobby Mitchell acknowledged his team isn't just in a funk, they're in a "big funk."
The reasons, he added, include falling behind early; an inability to capture momentum; leaving lead-off hitters on; stranding runners on third; and a lack of sustained rallies.
"Those little things especially with the way we're going will kill us in the game," said Mitchell.
The silver lining? Thanks to a 21-1 start, Salt Lake (33-17) still owns the best record in the Pacific Coast League.
"I just hate to see a start like that go to waste," said Mitchell, who noted that the Bees are still ahead of the pack and hoping to stay there. "... I wish I knew the answer."
Salt Lake starter Nick Adenhart (4-3) lost his third straight decision since returning from a three-game stint with the Angels. The right-hander gave up nine hits, including three home runs, in 6 1/3 innings of work.
"He hasn't been sharp for the last three outings," said Mitchell. "He's struggled with his command. He's making mistakes and they're not missing his mistakes ... We've just got to get him on track."
Though the home runs Adenhart gave up were all lead-off solo shots, they came in timely fashion for the Sky Sox.
Leading 2-0 after scoring on a double by Christian Colonel and a sacrifice fly by Joe Koshansky in the first inning, Colorado Springs made it 3-0 on Juan Castro's homer in the second.
It provided an adequate cushion.
The Bees closed the gap in the bottom of the inning when Gary Patchett drove in a pair of runs with a single.
Salt Lake, however, could draw no closer.
Colorado Springs used the long ball to pull away. Homers by Koshansky in the third and Jayson Nix in the seventh extended the Sky Sox lead to 5-2.
Salt Lake's lone response in keeping with the theme was a solo homer from Matt Brown in the seventh.
The series continues tonight at 6:35. Salt Lake RHP Dustin Moseley (0-2, 9.72 ERA) and Colorado Springs LHP Mark Redman (1-1, 12.38 ERA) are scheduled starters.BEE LINES: The attendance was 3,601 ... Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick went 0-for-2 and played five innings in his first game of a rehab assignment with Salt Lake. Kendrick, who is battling a recurring left hamstring injury, is expected to rejoin the big league team sometime next week ... Moseley, who completed a rehab assignment with the Bees, has been optioned back to Salt Lake ... Catcher Derrick Thomas, a Layton High alum, was released by the Angels. He was hitless in one at-bat since joining the Bees from extended spring training ... Outfielder Chris Walker was assigned to Salt Lake after signing with the Angels. He was batting .290 for the Camden Riversharks of the independent Atlantic League.
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