When a starting pitcher gives up seven runs in only five innings of work, you'd expect him to record a loss and several intense sessions with the pitching staff.
Fortunately, for Nick Adenhart, his Bees teammates hammered out a season-high 20 runs Tuesday night to give the struggling Salt Lake starter the win while sending Tacoma to its second-straight loss at Franklin Covey Field. With the win, Adenhart snaps a five loss streak and the Bees improved to 55 wins on the season,
Every Bees batter except catcher Ben Johnson had a hit, but even he scored a run, Sean Rodriguez drove in eight runs on a pair of homers, a two-run double and a fielder's choice, Matt Brown had three RBIs and Chris Walker, Rodriguez and Jordan Czarniecki scored four runs apiece. Czarniecki also had a 4-for-5 outing that included a homer run, a triple, a double and a walk, just missing the cycle by a single. The last time Salt Lake recorded as many runs came on Aug. 7, 2004, when the Stingers beat Omaha 22-10.
Rodriguez's eight RBIs ties a franchise record last recorded by Robb Quinlan in 2002.
"I got some good pitches to hit and I was able to connect on them. Yesterday, nothing was falling. Today, everything felt better. I was able to lay off the sliders and take aim at the fast balls," Rodriguez said. "Just like a pitcher finds his comfort zone, I found mine tonight."
Salt Lake and Tacoma traded leads early in the contest with Tacoma jumping out a 2-0 lead and Salt Lake tying it in the first inning. The Bees added three runs in the second, Tacoma added four runs in the fourth and Salt Lake answered with four of its own in the bottom half of the inning.
"Adenhart was really struggling in the early going. He was putting the ball up and (the Rainiers) were taking advantage of that," Bees manager Bobby Mitchell said, "Then he found his rhythm to work out of a couple of jams."
Adenhart gave up a solo home run in the fifth as Tacoma cut the lead to 9-7, but the Bees added three runs in its half of the fifth, five more runs in the sixth and three more in the eighth for the winning margin. Salt Lake relievers Kasey Olenberger and Daniel Davidson held Tacoma scoreless to preserve the win.
After five double plays were recorded Monday night, the Bees turned the only double play of Tuesday's game in the ninth inning.
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