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The Salt Lake Tribune Las Vegas • The 51s score three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to rally past the Salt Lake Bees in Pacific Coast League baseball Sunday. Brenna Boesch gave the Bees a 5-3 lead in the top of the seventh with an RBI single. But Matt Reynolds hit a three-run homer for Las Vegas in the bottom half of the inning. Boesch had three hits and Shawn O’Malley scored twice for the Bees. The Salt Lake Tribune <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58230394@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:58:07 MDT Salt Lake Bees’ offense explodes against Reno Aces, 12-3 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58218091-77/bees-lake-salt-aces.html.csp C.J. Cron’s return to Salt Lake City didn’t last long. The former University of Utah slugger was recalled by the Anaheim Angels on Wednesday after the team placed infielder Grant Green on the disabled list. Cron’s most recent stint with the Salt Lake Bees lasted just two games. But the rookie first baseman and designated hitter had his way with the minor-league pitching, going 5-for-8 in a Bees uniform. But the Bees didn’t miss Cron’s bat too much Wednesday night. Salt Lake tallied 18 hits to be... C.J. Cron’s return to Salt Lake City didn’t last long. The former University of Utah slugger was recalled by the Anaheim Angels on Wednesday after the team placed infielder Grant Green on the disabled list. Cron’s most recent stint with the Salt Lake Bees lasted just two games. But the rookie first baseman and designated hitter had his way with the minor-league pitching, going 5-for-8 in a Bees uniform. But the Bees didn’t miss Cron’s bat too much Wednesday night. Salt Lake tallied 18 hits to be... 58218091@www.sltrib.com Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:58:38 MDT Salt Lake Bees: Reno Aces rough up Bees’ bullpen in 4-1 loss http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58213329-77/bees-lake-salt-aces.html.csp Wade LeBlanc had a strong seven innings for the Salt Lake Bees on Tuesday night. However, his reliever, Fernando Nieve, allowed three key runs during the eighth inning en route to a 4-1 loss to the Reno Aces at Smith’s Ballpark. LeBlanc, who scatted five hits while allowing one earned run through seven innings, was pulled with the game tied, 1-1. He struggled with his control later in the game, despite getting outs, Bees manager Keith Johnson said. “He battled for us for seven strong innings,... Wade LeBlanc had a strong seven innings for the Salt Lake Bees on Tuesday night. However, his reliever, Fernando Nieve, allowed three key runs during the eighth inning en route to a 4-1 loss to the Reno Aces at Smith’s Ballpark. LeBlanc, who scatted five hits while allowing one earned run through seven innings, was pulled with the game tied, 1-1. He struggled with his control later in the game, despite getting outs, Bees manager Keith Johnson said. “He battled for us for seven strong innings,... 58213329@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:19:01 MDT PCL baseball: Bees lose to Las Vegas; Cron returning from L.A. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58202696-77/lake-salt-bees-las.html.csp The Bees have struggled to close out winnable games this season. It happened again Saturday night, when Las Vegas rallied for a 6-2 victory at Smith’s Ballpark. Behind a superb outing by starter Justin Thomas, the Bees took a 2-0 lead into the eighth inning. But the 51s used a two-out, three-run homer by Andrew Brown to take the lead. Las Vegas added three more runs in the ninth and handed Salt Lake its third loss in four games despite Brennan Boesch’s two-run homer in the first. Bees manager K... The Bees have struggled to close out winnable games this season. It happened again Saturday night, when Las Vegas rallied for a 6-2 victory at Smith’s Ballpark. Behind a superb outing by starter Justin Thomas, the Bees took a 2-0 lead into the eighth inning. But the 51s used a two-out, three-run homer by Andrew Brown to take the lead. Las Vegas added three more runs in the ninth and handed Salt Lake its third loss in four games despite Brennan Boesch’s two-run homer in the first. Bees manager K... 58202696@www.sltrib.com Sun, 20 Jul 2014 12:58:47 MDT Kragthorpe: L.A. Angels soaring, with help of ex-Salt Lake Bees http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58200955-77/angels-bees-johnson-lake.html.csp Keith Johnson lost, lost and won as Friday night turned into Saturday morning. It all added up to a victory for the Salt Lake Bees manager, who’s enduring a rough season in his own dugout while deserving some credit for the Los Angeles Angels’ recent surge. Johnson’s name is attached to the Bees’ 41-60 record, but his staff’s fingerprints are all over the Angels’ 58-37 mark. And their paychecks are signed in Anaheim. “The fact of the matter is regardless of what we do down here,” Johnson said, ... Keith Johnson lost, lost and won as Friday night turned into Saturday morning. It all added up to a victory for the Salt Lake Bees manager, who’s enduring a rough season in his own dugout while deserving some credit for the Los Angeles Angels’ recent surge. Johnson’s name is attached to the Bees’ 41-60 record, but his staff’s fingerprints are all over the Angels’ 58-37 mark. And their paychecks are signed in Anaheim. “The fact of the matter is regardless of what we do down here,” Johnson said, ... 58200955@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:41:37 MDT Salt Lake Bees: Taylor Lindsey part of L.A. Angels’ trade for closer Street http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58200315-77/bees-lindsey-lake-las.html.csp Salt Lake is losing its second baseman. Taylor Lindsey, considered one of the top prospects in the Los Angeles Angels’ organization, has been traded to the San Diego Padres. In return for a package of prospects that also includes Class A shortstop Jose Rondon and Class AA pitcher R.J. Alvarez, the Angels acquired All-Star closer Huston Street. About 40 minutes before Friday night’s 7-6 loss to Las Vegas at Smith’s Ballpark, Bees manager Keith Johnson tipped the organization’s hand when he scratc... Salt Lake is losing its second baseman. Taylor Lindsey, considered one of the top prospects in the Los Angeles Angels’ organization, has been traded to the San Diego Padres. In return for a package of prospects that also includes Class A shortstop Jose Rondon and Class AA pitcher R.J. Alvarez, the Angels acquired All-Star closer Huston Street. About 40 minutes before Friday night’s 7-6 loss to Las Vegas at Smith’s Ballpark, Bees manager Keith Johnson tipped the organization’s hand when he scratc... 58200315@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Jul 2014 13:58:54 MDT Baseball: J.B. Shuck keeps rolling as Bees defeat Las Vegas http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58196600-77/shuck-bees-lake-las.html.csp J.B. Shuck spent baseball’s All-Star break with his wife in Park City. The high-altitude mini-vacation must have agreed with him. Shuck went 2 for 4, drove in two runs and scored another Thursday night at Smith’s Ballpark, helping the Bees to a 7-6 victory over Las Vegas. Shuck started the season with the parent Los Angeles Angels. He hit only .173 in 19 games, however, and was sent to Salt Lake on May 3. “Just trying to do to much,” said Shuck. “I pressed a little bit and, when you do that in t... J.B. Shuck spent baseball’s All-Star break with his wife in Park City. The high-altitude mini-vacation must have agreed with him. Shuck went 2 for 4, drove in two runs and scored another Thursday night at Smith’s Ballpark, helping the Bees to a 7-6 victory over Las Vegas. Shuck started the season with the parent Los Angeles Angels. He hit only .173 in 19 games, however, and was sent to Salt Lake on May 3. “Just trying to do to much,” said Shuck. “I pressed a little bit and, when you do that in t... 58196600@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:58:03 MDT Salt Lake Bees’ Boesch named PCL Player of the Month http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58173852-77/boesch-lake-salt-bees.html.csp Salt Lake Bees outfielder Brennan Boesch has been named the Pacific Coast League’s Player of the Month for June, according to Minor League Baseball. Boesch led the PCL in batting average (.405) and slugging percentage (.786). He also ranked first with 24 RBIs and 16 extra-base hits, including seven home runs and two triples. A former third-round draft pick of the Detroit Tigers in 2006, Boesch attended Cal. This is his first season in the Los Angeles Angels’ organization. The Salt Lake Bees open... Salt Lake Bees outfielder Brennan Boesch has been named the Pacific Coast League’s Player of the Month for June, according to Minor League Baseball. Boesch led the PCL in batting average (.405) and slugging percentage (.786). He also ranked first with 24 RBIs and 16 extra-base hits, including seven home runs and two triples. A former third-round draft pick of the Detroit Tigers in 2006, Boesch attended Cal. This is his first season in the Los Angeles Angels’ organization. The Salt Lake Bees open... 58173852@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:10:54 MDT Minor league baseball: Tacoma Rainiers 18, Bees 2 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58171654-77/rainiers-bees-game-runs.html.csp The jinx may have been successful, but nothing else favored the Bees. They lost 18-2 to the Tacoma Rainiers on Thursday night at Smith’s Ballpark. Everyone knows about the superstitious culture of the sport. @SaltLakeBees tweeted: @RainiersLand have a no-hitter going through 5. #EnjoyTheJinx. Moments later a burst of relief emerged at the bottom of sixth — J.B Shuck singled to end the Rainiers’ run for a no-hitter. (https://twitter.com/SaltLakeBees/status/487439783400976384) Then came a twe... The jinx may have been successful, but nothing else favored the Bees. They lost 18-2 to the Tacoma Rainiers on Thursday night at Smith’s Ballpark. Everyone knows about the superstitious culture of the sport. @SaltLakeBees tweeted: @RainiersLand have a no-hitter going through 5. #EnjoyTheJinx. Moments later a burst of relief emerged at the bottom of sixth — J.B Shuck singled to end the Rainiers’ run for a no-hitter. (https://twitter.com/SaltLakeBees/status/487439783400976384) Then came a twe... 58171654@www.sltrib.com Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:29:02 MDT Minor league baseball: Bees infielder makes impact in victory over Tacoma http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58167331-77/green-bees-inning-grant.html.csp In most cases, the ability to play multiple infield positions is sought after ... unless you’re in Grant Green’s position. He played behind a “defensive wizard” in John “Johnny Mac” McDonald of the Los Angeles Angels. McDonald is a 15-year vet and noted for playing three positions on any given night. For now, Green can only hope that will be him one day. “He is an unbelievable defender,” said Green, who spent more than a month with the parent club. “Hopefully, that will be me later on in my car... In most cases, the ability to play multiple infield positions is sought after ... unless you’re in Grant Green’s position. He played behind a “defensive wizard” in John “Johnny Mac” McDonald of the Los Angeles Angels. McDonald is a 15-year vet and noted for playing three positions on any given night. For now, Green can only hope that will be him one day. “He is an unbelievable defender,” said Green, who spent more than a month with the parent club. “Hopefully, that will be me later on in my car... 58167331@www.sltrib.com Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:52:29 MDT Salt Lake Bees: Tacoma’s quick start dooms Bees in 14-7 loss http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58163589-77/bees-14-7-lake-runs.html.csp Tacoma’s Jesus Montero homered and drove in four runs Tuesday night to lead the Rainiers to a 14-7 victory over Salt Lake at Smith’s Ballpark. Abraham Almonte led off the game with a home run and the situation went quickly downhill for Bees’ starting pitcher Justin Thomas (4-8). He allowed nine runs and 10 hits in just 2 1/3 innings. Luis Jimenez and Shawn O’Malley homered for the Bees, who trailed 14-1 after the Rainiers scored five runs in the top of the fifth. — Steve Luhm Tacoma’s Jesus Montero homered and drove in four runs Tuesday night to lead the Rainiers to a 14-7 victory over Salt Lake at Smith’s Ballpark. Abraham Almonte led off the game with a home run and the situation went quickly downhill for Bees’ starting pitcher Justin Thomas (4-8). He allowed nine runs and 10 hits in just 2 1/3 innings. Luis Jimenez and Shawn O’Malley homered for the Bees, who trailed 14-1 after the Rainiers scored five runs in the top of the fifth. — Steve Luhm 58163589@www.sltrib.com Wed, 09 Jul 2014 08:53:01 MDT Salt Lake Bees: Die-hard fans help make Bees a success http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58161706-77/church-bees-baseball-season.html.csp Marc Amicone, the long-time vice president and general manager of the Salt Lake Bees, knows his audience. He understands the majority of fans who flock to Smith’s Ballpark every summer probably don’t understand the infield-fly rule. A walk? A walk-off? What’s the difference? “In minor league baseball,” Amicone says, “they are the biggest chunk of your ticket-holders. The biggest group we have is the casual fan — the one who comes out to a couple of games a year.” There are exceptions, however. T... Marc Amicone, the long-time vice president and general manager of the Salt Lake Bees, knows his audience. He understands the majority of fans who flock to Smith’s Ballpark every summer probably don’t understand the infield-fly rule. A walk? A walk-off? What’s the difference? “In minor league baseball,” Amicone says, “they are the biggest chunk of your ticket-holders. The biggest group we have is the casual fan — the one who comes out to a couple of games a year.” There are exceptions, however. T... 58161706@www.sltrib.com Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:06:09 MDT PCL baseball: Shuck boosts Salt Lake Bees over Tacoma http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58158410-77/shuck-lake-salt-bees.html.csp J.B. Shuck continues to serve notice that he wants back in the big leagues. Shuck went 3 for 4, drove in two runs and scored two more to lead the Salt Lake Bees to a 6-5 victory over Tacoma on Monday night at Smith’s Ballpark. Shuck, a 27-year-old outfielder, started the season in Salt Lake but was recalled by the parent Los Angeles Angels on April 9. He stayed in L.A. for nearly a month and played 19 games before returning to the Bees on May 3 — about the same time the Angels recalled Grant Gre... J.B. Shuck continues to serve notice that he wants back in the big leagues. Shuck went 3 for 4, drove in two runs and scored two more to lead the Salt Lake Bees to a 6-5 victory over Tacoma on Monday night at Smith’s Ballpark. Shuck, a 27-year-old outfielder, started the season in Salt Lake but was recalled by the parent Los Angeles Angels on April 9. He stayed in L.A. for nearly a month and played 19 games before returning to the Bees on May 3 — about the same time the Angels recalled Grant Gre... 58158410@www.sltrib.com Mon, 07 Jul 2014 23:15:01 MDT Salt Lake Bees: O’Malley to replace Boesch on PCL all-star team http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58158102-77/star-malley-bees-lake.html.csp The Pacific Coast League announced Monday that Salt Lake Bees infielder Shawn O’Malley has been added to the PCL’s 2014 Triple-A All-Star Team. He will replace outfielder Brennan Boesch as the Bees representative. O’Malley, 26, has primarily played shortstop for the Bees, but has spent time in all three outfield spots as well as second base and third base. In 44 games with Salt Lake this season O’Malley leads the team with a .342 average, with 12 doubles and 29 runs scored. Originally dra... The Pacific Coast League announced Monday that Salt Lake Bees infielder Shawn O’Malley has been added to the PCL’s 2014 Triple-A All-Star Team. He will replace outfielder Brennan Boesch as the Bees representative. O’Malley, 26, has primarily played shortstop for the Bees, but has spent time in all three outfield spots as well as second base and third base. In 44 games with Salt Lake this season O’Malley leads the team with a .342 average, with 12 doubles and 29 runs scored. Originally dra... 58158102@www.sltrib.com Mon, 07 Jul 2014 18:01:01 MDT Horse racing: BK Katniss scores upset win at Wyoming Downs http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58155083-77/katniss-downs-upset-win.html.csp Evanston, Wyo. • BK Katniss, a 13-to-1 long shot, scored an upset victory in the $32,475 Utah-Bred Futurity on Sunday afternoon at Wyoming Downs. Owned by Bryce Moosman and trained by Ron Moosman, BK Katniss defeated One Smooth Movin by a half-length. First Rate Verson, the 2-to-1 favorite, finished sixth in the 10-horse field. With jockey Justin Vanderwoude aboard, BK Katniss covered the 350 yards in a blistering 17.528 seconds to win for the second time in four starts. The winner’s share of $1... Evanston, Wyo. • BK Katniss, a 13-to-1 long shot, scored an upset victory in the $32,475 Utah-Bred Futurity on Sunday afternoon at Wyoming Downs. Owned by Bryce Moosman and trained by Ron Moosman, BK Katniss defeated One Smooth Movin by a half-length. First Rate Verson, the 2-to-1 favorite, finished sixth in the 10-horse field. With jockey Justin Vanderwoude aboard, BK Katniss covered the 350 yards in a blistering 17.528 seconds to win for the second time in four starts. The winner’s share of $1... 58155083@www.sltrib.com Sun, 06 Jul 2014 19:32:02 MDT Salt Lake Bees: Bees’ bullpen struggles in 12-10 loss to El Paso http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58154908-77/bees-lake-salt-paso.html.csp The Bees haven’t won back-to-back games in nearly a month, partly because of their inconsistent bullpen. It happened again Sunday. On a sizzling afternoon at Smith’s Ballpark, Salt Lake watched the El Paso Chihuahuas rally from an early six-run deficit and eventually score a 12-10 Pacific Coast League victory. Bees’ manager Keith Johnson used five relief pitchers in the game. None of them was effective. Over the final four innings, they allowed seven runs and seven hits. After inheriting an 8-5 ... The Bees haven’t won back-to-back games in nearly a month, partly because of their inconsistent bullpen. It happened again Sunday. On a sizzling afternoon at Smith’s Ballpark, Salt Lake watched the El Paso Chihuahuas rally from an early six-run deficit and eventually score a 12-10 Pacific Coast League victory. Bees’ manager Keith Johnson used five relief pitchers in the game. None of them was effective. Over the final four innings, they allowed seven runs and seven hits. After inheriting an 8-5 ... 58154908@www.sltrib.com Sun, 06 Jul 2014 17:48:52 MDT PCL baseball: After trade, Tony Campana helps Salt Lake defeat El Paso http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58153075-77/campana-lake-salt-paso.html.csp It was a night for new faces at Smith’s Ballpark. After Utah Jazz draft picks Dante Exum and Rodney Hood each threw out a ceremonial first pitch Saturday, Tony Campana played his first game with the Bees. Campana, a speedy 28-year-old outfielder, was acquired by the Los Angeles Angels and assigned to Salt Lake after a four-player trade with Arizona. In his debut with the Bees, Campana went 2-for-4 and helped Salt Lake defeat El Paso, 5-3. Campana started the season in the major leagues and has p... It was a night for new faces at Smith’s Ballpark. After Utah Jazz draft picks Dante Exum and Rodney Hood each threw out a ceremonial first pitch Saturday, Tony Campana played his first game with the Bees. Campana, a speedy 28-year-old outfielder, was acquired by the Los Angeles Angels and assigned to Salt Lake after a four-player trade with Arizona. In his debut with the Bees, Campana went 2-for-4 and helped Salt Lake defeat El Paso, 5-3. Campana started the season in the major leagues and has p... 58153075@www.sltrib.com Sun, 06 Jul 2014 12:06:41 MDT PCL baseball: El Paso pitchers handcuff punchless Salt Lake Bees http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58150693-77/paso-bees-lake-salt.html.csp For the Bees, the Fourth of July was a dud. El Paso pitchers Matt Wisler and Bobby LaFromboise scattered six hits Friday night, leading the Chihuahuas to a 5-1 victory over punchless Salt Lake. In front of 14,497 fans at Smith’s Ballpark, the Bees opened a seven-game homestand by losing for the fifth time in their last seven outings. “We weren’t able to get anything going,” Salt Lake manager Keith Johnson said. “Their pitching did a good job — mixing things up. We had a couple of opportunities ... For the Bees, the Fourth of July was a dud. El Paso pitchers Matt Wisler and Bobby LaFromboise scattered six hits Friday night, leading the Chihuahuas to a 5-1 victory over punchless Salt Lake. In front of 14,497 fans at Smith’s Ballpark, the Bees opened a seven-game homestand by losing for the fifth time in their last seven outings. “We weren’t able to get anything going,” Salt Lake manager Keith Johnson said. “Their pitching did a good job — mixing things up. We had a couple of opportunities ... 58150693@www.sltrib.com Sat, 05 Jul 2014 17:01:52 MDT Baseball: Salt Lake Bees outfielder Boesch named PCL All-Star http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58147061-77/star-bees-boesch-game.html.csp Outfielder Brennan Boesch of the Salt Lake Bees has been named to the Pacific Coast League All-Star team, it was announced Thursday. Boesch is hitting .335 with 12 home runs and 46 RBIs. He was named the PCL’s Player of the Week for June 16-22. Boesch, 29, is in his first season with the Los Angeles Angels organization. He has appeared in seven games with the Bees’ parent club this season, going 3 for 13 at the plate. The Triple-A All-Star Game will be held in Durham, N.C., on July 16. The 27th ... Outfielder Brennan Boesch of the Salt Lake Bees has been named to the Pacific Coast League All-Star team, it was announced Thursday. Boesch is hitting .335 with 12 home runs and 46 RBIs. He was named the PCL’s Player of the Week for June 16-22. Boesch, 29, is in his first season with the Los Angeles Angels organization. He has appeared in seven games with the Bees’ parent club this season, going 3 for 13 at the plate. The Triple-A All-Star Game will be held in Durham, N.C., on July 16. The 27th ... 58147061@www.sltrib.com Fri, 04 Jul 2014 17:26:34 MDT