COLORADO SPRINGS A wild pitch and a throwing error brought home the game-ending run, as the Colorado Springs Sky Sox edged the Salt Lake Bees 5-4 in 12 innings on Thursday night.
Jon Herrera led off the 12th with a single to left and was sacrificed to second. Herrera went to third base on a wild pitch by Kevin Jepsen and scored when catcher Tim Duff tried to throw out Herrera at third and tossed the ball into left field. The Bees had taken a 4-3 lead in the top of the 11th on an RBI single by Sean Rodriguez, but the Sky Sox tied it as Joe Koshansky led off the inning with an opposite field home run off of Jepsen (0-2).
The loss wasted a solid outing by Bees' starter Nick Green, who allowed one run on three hits in six inning and at one point had retired fifteen straight batters. Green, though, had to come out after a 42o minute rain delay after the top of the seventh.
Rodriguez led the Bees with three hits and two runs batted in, but that wasn't enough to prevent Salt Lake from dropping its fifth straight game and the eighth loss in their last nine games.
The Bees close out their series with Colorado Springs tonight at 7, then return home Saturday for a four-game set against the Sacramento River Cats.