SALT LAKE CITY— The Bees got off to a hot start and used the long ball to cruise past visiting Colorado Springs 7-4 Saturday night at Spring Mobile Ballpark.
Salt Lake's Kole Calhoun delivered a two-run homer in his first at-bat of the night, driving one over the right-field wall to score Matt Long and himself.
It was Calhoun's third round-tripper of the season. Calhoun finished 2 for 5 with three RBIs to go with the homer.
The Sky Sox answered with a pair of runs in the following inning to pull even at 2-2, but it was the last time the visitors got on the scoreboard for several innings.
Meanwhile, Luis Rodriguez gave the Bees a giant boost in the bottom of the third inning when the Venezuelan slugged a grand slam to give the home side a comfortable 6-2 lead.
"That was kind of a special inning," said acting Bees manager Bill Richardson, who is filling in for Keith Johnson during this homestand. "You don't always get rewarded for it, and it's nice to see a guy who's swinging the bat well for us all year get that for sure."
Rodriguez finished the game 2 for 4 with a double and the grand slam.
Although Colorado Springs managed to score a pair of runs in the final innings, the Sky Sox failed to convert on a bases-loaded situation in the seventh inning that could've broken the game wide open.
NOTEBOOK: A.J. Schugel had one of his best nights on the mound for Salt Lake, giving up just two earned runs on five hits through six innings. Schugel struck out four batters in the outing. "I think there was more in the tank there, really did, but with a good live arm like that I think it was a great performance on his part," said Richardson.
STETTER LEADS PCL: Left-handed pitcher Mitch Stetter made an appearance in the eighth inning, and now has featured in 28 games for Salt Lake. That is the most among all pitchers in the PCL. Stetter finished the game with one strikeout and no hits, and got the Bees out of a bases-loaded situation late.
ATTENDANCE: A crowd of 8,494 baseball fans made it out to Spring Mobile Ballpark on Saturday night to cheer the Bees to victory.
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