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PCL baseball: Bees lose to Las Vegas; Cron returning from L.A.

By Steve Luhm

The Salt Lake Tribune

First published Jul 19 2014 10:33PM
Updated Jul 19, 2014 11:53PM

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 Keith Johnson used four pitchers in relief of Thomas in the final two innings, but they allowed six runs, four hits and five walks.

"It’s extremely frustrating," Johnson said. "… [Thomas] did a great job. He competed his behind off and left himself in position to get a win. We just weren’t able to do it — again."

Meanwhile, the fallout from the blockbuster trade between the Los Angeles Angels and San Diego that featured All-Star closer Huston Street continued Saturday.

The Padres sent Street and minor league pitcher Trevor Gott to the Angels for four prospects, including Salt Lake second baseman Taylor Lindsey.

The Padres also received pitcher Elliott Morris, pitcher R.J. Alvarez and shortstop Jose Rondon in the deal, which triggered two more personnel moves prior to the Bees’ loss to Las Vegas.

First, L.A. made room for Street on its 40-man roster by designating Salt Lake infielder Ian Stewart for assignment.

To clear a spot on the 25-man major league roster, the Angels also sent first baseman C.J. Cron back to the Bees.

Cron, of course, is the former University of Utah star who started the season in Salt Lake.

In 28 games with the Bees, he hit .319. Nineteen of his 36 hits went for extra bases, including 12 doubles and six home runs.

Cron was called up on May 3 and, in 53 games with the Angels, he hit .269 with nine homers and 27 RBIs.

Over his last 23 games, however, Cron is hitting only .238. He went 0 for 6 in a 16-inning win over Seattle on Friday night — just before the Street trade was made official.

Cron’s timetable for rejoining the Bees is not known.

The Bees and 51s complete their four-game series Sunday at 1:05 p.m. Reno arrives in Salt Lake for a four-game series starting Monday night.

Twitter: @sluhm

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