Minor league baseball: Bees' rally falls short against El Paso
On a night when the fans would later kick back and watch the classic baseball film "Angels in the Outfield," the Bees had their share of close plays. However, close is never enough as they fell to the El Paso Chihuahuas 6-5 at Smith's Ballpark.
There would be no Al the Boss Angel to hold up a deep shot to center that snuck just past a streaking Tony Campana's glove. Luis Jimenez also missed a game-changer by inches as the Chihuahuas' Jake Goebbert made a shoestring catch to rob him of an RBI in the fifth inning.
The Bees got off to a strong start in the first inning, when Ryan Wheeler smacked a three-run homer to left-center field. But El Paso's starter, Matt Wisler, did not give up another run until the sixth inning.
As Wisler was wheeling and dealing for six quality innings, the Chihuahuas got on the board with two runs in the second, tied it with one in the third and then went ahead with three doubles in the fifth taking a 6-3 lead.
Bees' starter Jarrett Grube had his moments, too, over six innings, but found himself in difficult situations that did not help his cause. "He got himself into some deep counts and, you know, for the most part he just had a couple bad innings where he wasn't able to minimize the damage a little bit," said Bees manager Keith Johnson. The Bees would put up a fight in the bottom of the ninth as Tony Campana ran out a bloop double, then soon scored on a fielder's choice by Luis Jimenez. But the Bees' comeback fell short.
In his first appearance with the Bees, former Cleveland Indian Vinnie Pestano pitched 11/3 scoreless innings of relief.
"It's a good arm, a good arm," Johnson said. "Obviously he came in in a tough situation with a runner on third based and did what he was supposed to do got that third out and then had a clean seventh, so it was good to see."
O Ryan Wheeler goes 3 for 4 with a three-run homer.
• Three Bees relievers combine for three shutout innings.