Daniel Davidson returned to something old as he continues to find his groove as a Salt Lake starting pitcher.
For the third time this season, Davidson pitched into the sixth inning and improved to 2-0 as the Bees defeated Las Vegas 8-5 at Spring Mobile Ballpark. Both of Davidson's wins have come against the 51s.
"It was a great start by Davidson," Salt Lake manager Bobby Mitchell said. "He was throwing strikes and mixed up his pitches well. We needed the innings. We're short in the bullpen."
Aided by three home runs, Salt Lake (5-8) opened an 8-2 lead after eight. It got a tad tight in the ninth as the 51s (5-8) plated three runs. Jeremy Hill came in to retire the final batter to pick up his first save.
Meanwhile, Davidson cruised through 62?3 innings. The lefty allowed two earned runs and five hits, while fanning three. It was the second consecutive quality start for a Bees starter.
Monday, Sean O'Sullivan also went 62?3. His effort was wasted by a Tacoma rally in the ninth.
"Our starters have kept us in ball games," said Bees shortstop Gary Patchett, whose two-run shot to left in the sixth inning started a four-run rally. "It's nice to have the starters go deep into games, especially game one of a series."
Mark Trumbo and Cory Aldridge also homered to lead the Bees offense.
Davidson experienced a few struggles in 2009. But reached back to the past to reclaim a bit more consistency. Davidson is using a sidearm motion.
"I've been working on a couple things," he said. "I've been trying to repeat my delivery. My arm feels better when I throw that way."
Davidson has also re-tooled his mental approach. He's not giving in to hitters.
"If you walk someone, then move on to the next batter," he said.
It's worked against Las Vegas. Davidson has pitched 122?3 innings against the 51s and allowed just four earned runs.
"You have to be very careful with that lineup," he said. So far, he has.
Salt Lake pitcher Daniel Davidson earned his second victory with help from three Bees home runs.