With the July 31st trade deadline fast approaching, games can sometimes take a back seat to speculation, especially on the minor league level. Such was the case with Taylor Lindsey Friday.
About 30 minutes before the first pitch, Lindsey was scratched from the lineup in the Bees' 7-6 loss to Las Vegas Friday. A little later it was revealed why.
Lindsey's name had surfaced in trade talks, and during the game rumor turned to fact. Multiple sources reported that Lindsey was included in the package that Los Angeles was sending to San Diego for closer Huston Street. Along with Lindsey, the Angels will send shortstop Jose Rondon, pitcher R.J. Alvarez, as well as an additional minor leaguer to the Padres. San Diego will also send back a minor leaguer to Los Angeles.
Prior to Friday's game Lindsey spoke about the possibility of being traded.
"I mean it's baseball, that's all it is," Lindsey said. "Up there (in Los Angeles) they are playing great, and if they need a guy in the bullpen, then I'll go if I need to. It's just baseball, it's a business. Whatever happens, happens. I can't control anything."
Lindsey leaves Salt Lake in the midst of a hot stretch. The second baseman, who was considered one of the top prospects in the Angels' farm system, has hit .397 in his last nine games while knocking in four RBIs during that span.
The Bees took an early lead in the third with a sacrifice bunt. Vance Albitz, the man who replaced Lindsey at second, bunted down a high pitch down the first base line, easily scoring Roberto Lopez.
Though the game's first run was scored with a form of small ball, the rest of the game was highlighted by the long one, with the teams combining for five home runs in the final four innings.
A three-run shot by Las Vegas right fielder Anthony Seratelli in the sixth started the home run derby and put the 51's ahead 4-1. His was one of three home runs Vegas hit.
Aided by a sixth inning home run by Brennan Boesch and an eight inning blast from Ian Stewart, the Bees went into the bottom of the ninth trailing 7-5, where controversy ensued.
An error by Vegas right fielder Andrew Brown on a J.B. Shuck single allowed Tony Campana to score and Shuck to reach third. The Bees were down to their last and had the tying run 90 feet from home. With Luis Jimenez at the plate, it appeared that 51 pitcher Ryan Reid balked, but it was not called. Luis Jimenez popped out later in the at-bat, ending the game.
"Oh my gosh, that's just bad," Johnson said of the miscall. "The games on the line and that's just bad."
Las Vegas 7 Bees 6 In short: The Bees had the tying run 90 feet from home when it appeared that Las Vegas pitcher Ryan Reid balked, but it was not called. The balk penalty would have allowed J.B. Shuck to score and send the game into extras, but instead he was left on third and Luis Jimenez popped out, ending the game.
Up next: Las Vegas at Salt Lake, Saturday, 7:05 p.m.