PCL baseball: Salt Lake beats Colorado Springs to end six-game skid
The line drives, for a change, found gaps in the outfield, instead of being chased down for great defensive plays.
The pitching, for the first time in a week, more than held up, shutting down Colorado Springs from the third inning on.
A six-game losing streak was snapped on Tuesday night, with the Salt Lake Bees defeating the Sky Sox 7-3 in front of 4,288 at Spring Mobile Ballpark.
In the process, the Bees came up with 14 hits, Matt Shoemaker tossed a three-hitter over seven strong innings, and Salt Lake looked more like the team that won five consecutive games before hitting that extended rough patch last week.
"We did what we needed to do," Bees manager Keith Johnson said. "We hit the ball well, we pitched well. We took the extra base when it was there. We played solid baseball."
In winning its 26th game of the season, Salt Lake received standout performances from several sources. Paul McAnulty hit a solo home run in the fifth inning. Albert Rosario went 3 for 5, driving in a run. Luis Jiminez knocked out three consecutive hits, and Efren Navarro had a multiple-hit game as well.
"We had a tough series against Las Vegas, but we knew we were hitting the ball well and that eventually we were going to break through," McAnulty said. "It was just about getting through the rough patch and playing baseball."
Situational hitting was a big key for Salt Lake. The Bees still left nine runners on base, but they came up with four big hits with runners in scoring position. They were aggressive on the bases, taking the extra base whenever possible.
Shoemaker struck out seven in moving his overall record to 4-4. He walked just one and allowed just one earned run in one of his best appearances of the season.
R The Bees snap a six-game losing streak.
• Salt Lake comes up with four extra-base hits.
• The Bees move to 26-27 on the season.