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 scratched Lindsey from the lineup.
Obviously, L.A. did not want a possible injury to derail the then-pending deal for Street, a 30-year-old righthander who has 23 saves and a 1.09 ERA for the Padres.
In 75 games for the Bees, he hit .247 with eight homers and 30 RBIs. He spent three weeks in June on the disabled list because of concussion-like symptoms.
Asked about the trade after the Bees’ loss to Las Vegas, Johnson decided to wait for official conformation from L.A.
“I haven’t heard anything,” he said. “When the Angels announce it, that’s when I’ll hear it.”
Facing the 51s without Lindsey, Salt Lake took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Roberto Lopez singled. He went to third on John Hester’s base hit and scored on Vance Albitz’ squeeze bunt.
Pitcher Jarrett Grube blanked Las Vegas until the sixth, when the Bees’ starter got a little unlucky.
Josh Satin and Wilmer Flores opened the inning with bloop singles. Alan Dykstra walked to load the bases before Andrew Brown lined out.
Brandon Allen followed with a ground ball into the hole at shortstop. Bees’ middle infielders Tommy Field and Albitz nearly completed a sensational double play, but Allen was called safe on a close play at first.
Instead of Salt Lake getting out of the inning, Satin scored the tying run. The next batter, Anthony Seratelli, launched a three-run homer that gave Las Vegas a 4-1 lead.
“One of those things,” Johnson said. “Emotionally, I wanted the guy to be out. But that was a really, really close play.”
Salt Lake’s Brennan Boesch made it 4-3 with a long two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth, but Satin’s solo home run in the seventh restored the 51s’ two-run advantage and Las Vegas held on.
51s 7, Bees 6
O Anthony Seratelli hits a three-run homer to lead Las Vegas.
• Bees’ starter Jarrett Grube pitches well but suffers the loss. He falls to 6-5 this season.
• Brennan Boesch and Ian Stewart homer for the Bees, who fall to 41-59 after 100 games.