We're a little inconsistent right now, whether it be offensively or on the mound. We've got to find our groove a little bit as far as our consistency. That'll keep us in games a lot more. —Keith Johnson, Salt Lake Bees manager
SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake Bees kept it close for a while, but they ultimately couldn't get the job done in a 6-1 loss to Tucson on Monday night.
With the defeat, the Bees drop their series against the Padres, 3-1.
"We're a little inconsistent right now, whether it be offensively or on the mound. We've got to find our groove a little bit as far as our consistency," said Salt Lake manager Keith Johnson. "That'll keep us in games a lot more."
Padres leadoff hitter Dean Anna gave Tucson a 1-0 lead in the first inning, slugging his fifth homer of the season to open the scoring. Tucson grabbed a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning after Jonathan Galvez singled to score Jesus Merchan.
The Bees finally got on the board in the bottom of the fifth inning when Tucson pitcher Tim Stauffer failed to get out of a bases-loaded situation.
Things began to unravel for Salt Lake in the top of the seventh inning, however.
After Tucson added another run in the sixth inning, Bees pitcher David Carpenter decisively gave up three runs to the Padres in the seventh.
The five-run deficit was too much for Salt Lake to overcome.
Efren Navarro and Jimmy Swift were the only bright spots in the Salt Lake batting order Monday night. Both players went 2 for 4.
"We're playing OK baseball. We're just not finishing the game and that is something we've got to do a better job of," said Johnson.
NOTEBOOK: Bees starting pitcher Billy Buckner had a six-inning outing, giving up three earned runs on seven hits and only striking out two batters. In his last outing, Buckner was able to strike out a season-high nine batters. Reliever Carpenter came in to pitch the seventh inning, but was replaced by Rob Delaney in the following inning after Carpenter gave up three earned runs on three hits.
LOOKING AHEAD: The next 16 Bees games will be against teams from the PCL's American Conference. Salt Lake went 22-10 against American Conference opponents last season.
HALOS OPTION BRASIER: The Los Angeles Angels optioned Ryan Brasier to Salt Lake on Monday to reinstate Mark Lowe from the disabled list. Brasier was the 19th pitcher to appear for the Halos this season.
ATTENDANCE: In the final contest of an eight-game homestand, a total of 3,971 baseball fans braved a potentially stormy night to cheer on the Bees.
Padres 6, Bees 1
Bees manager Keith Johnson's take: "All these guys here are professional. They're going to go about their business the right way, and find a way out of it."
Up next: at New Orleans, today, 6 p.m. Zephyrs LHP Brian Flynn (0-2, 3.75 ERA) vs. Bees RHP A.J. Schugel (1-1, 6.21 ERA)
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