COLORADO SPRINGS The eighth inning turned out to be the deciding factor, as the Colorado Springs Sky Sox rallied for a 5-4 win over the Salt Lake Bees on Thursday night.
Leading 4-3, the Bees had a chance to widen their lead with the bases loaded and one out, but Adam Pavkovich grounded into an inning-ending double play.
In the bottom of the eighth, Brad Hawpe and Christian Colonel singled on the first two pitches and Joe Koshansky drilled a 1-1 pitch from Darren O'Day (1-1) to the wall in right for a two run double to give Colorado Springs a one run lead.
Dee Brown led the Bees with two hits, including a home run, and three RBIs, while Matt Brown added three hits and one RBI.Shane Loux started for Salt Lake and left the game with a one-run lead in a bid to become the first eight-game winner in the PCL. He went six innings and allowed three runs on five hits with six strikeouts and a walk.
BEES NOTEBOOK: The Bees announced Wednesday that the club has activated catcher Bobby Wilson from the disabled list and assigned catcher Flint Wipke to single-A Rancho Cucamonga. Wilson, 25, was placed on the disabled list with a left wrist contusion on May 28. He has appeared in 37 games for the Bees in 2008, hitting .297 with nine doubles, one home run and 19 RBIs. He made his major league debut with the Angels on April 28, recording his first hit, a single, in his first at bat against the Oakland Athletics. The Dunedin, Fla. native was originally selected by the Angels in the 48th round of the 2002 draft.
Wipke, 25, appeared in two games for the Bees, registering a walk and a stolen base. He has appeared in 13 games for the Quakes this season, hitting .318 with four doubles, two home runs and nine RBI. The Louisiana, Mo. native was originally selected by the Angels in the 38th round of the 2005 draft.