SALT LAKE CITY — The sun was shining, the Bees were gelling, and the Father's day crowd was excited to spend a relaxing Sunday afternoon at the ballpark.
Unfortunately in baseball, however, all it takes is one pitch to swing a ballgame. And in the eighth inning, Bobby Cassevah's pitch did just that.
"One pitch," General Manager Keith Johnson said. "A guy that didn't put it where he wanted it … and you had a really good hitter at the plate that made us pay for it."
Salt Lake gave up a 3-run homer and the narrow 2-1 lead they had been carrying. Unable to recover, they fell, 4-2.
The letdown was the Bees fifth straight loss as the Fresno Grizzlies were able to sweep the series. Although another loss is tough to swallow, Johnson was pleased with his team's efforts.
"The pitchers were doing great and then we gave up the 3-run homer," he said. "But for the most part, it seems like the guys are getting back on track. So hopefully we'll take that to Colorado Springs."
The overall feel of the ballgame seemed to mirror that of the afternoon's lackadaisical atmosphere, as few runs were earned and moments of excitement came in rare bursts.
The first real offensive burst came in the fifth inning, ending a run drought as both teams knocked one over the fence. Francisco Peguero homered on a fly ball to left field before Salt Lake's Kole Calhoun answered with one of his own to tie the game, 1-1.
Calhoun then sent Cory Aldridge home on a ground ball single in the seventh inning to give the Bees the 2-1 lead.
Unfortunately, Fresno experienced another surge in the eighth inning, scoring three runs off a right field homerun by pinch hitter Conor Gillaspie.
Efrin Navarro blasted one to the fence in the eighth but couldn't get it over. The Bees last chance came in the ninth after a stellar double play in the top of the inning. Though they had a final chance at bat, a hero failed to emerge.
Despite the loss, spectators were able to enjoy an event called, "Father's Day Catch on the Field" to celebrate and honor the fathers in attendance.
After the game, all were invited to play a game of catch with their children, enjoying the summer sun and nicely trimmed playing field.
The Bees take a break today before playing Colorado Springs on Tuesday.