Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
PCL baseball: Bees fall to Las Vegas’ home-run streak
PCL baseball » Las Vegas hits four home runs in a row.
First Published May 08 2014 10:39 pm • Last Updated May 08 2014 11:19 pm

The Bees found themselves on the wrong side of history Thursday night.

Four straight Las Vegas batters homered in the top of the fourth inning, leading the 51s to a lopsided 16-4 victory over Salt Lake at Smith’s Ballpark.

At a glance

Storylines 51s 16, Bees 4

Brennan Boesch goes 3 for 3 with a double to lead the Bees.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

It was the fifth time since in 1922 that a Pacific Coast League team went back-to-back-to-back-to-back in a game.

The Bees had a chance to take control in the opening three innings, when they bunched eight hits. But Salt Lake scored only twice and left six runners on base, including three in scoring position.

That’s all Las Vegas needed.

With the Bees leading 2-1 in the fourth, Allan Dykstra, Zach Lutz, Taylor Teagarden and Brandon Allen blasted home runs in consecutive at-bats.

Dykstra’s two-run blast started the explosion. Lutz, Teagarden and Allen followed with solo shots against Salt Lake starter Jose Alvarez.

"He was going well," Bees manager Keith Johnson said. "But after the first guy hit the home run, he tried to make a little better pitch. Then -- to every hitter -- he tried to make better pitches, better pitches, better pitches. ... Sometimes that happens."

Leading 6-2, Las Vegas extended its lead in the fifth on Kirk Nieuwenhuis’ leadoff homer -- meaning Alvarez tied a franchise record for most home runs allowed in a game.

Incredibly, the 51s’ five homers came during only one trip through the batting order.

story continues below
story continues below

The Bees stayed close in the bottom of the fifth, when John Hester’s RBI single and Roberto Lopez’ one-out sacrifice fly made it 7-4.

Las Vegas quickly countered, however, with two more runs in the sixth.

With two out, Lutz worked the count to 3-2 against Bees’ relief pitcher Michael Brady before dumping a short fly into short right. Eric Campbell and Brown raced home on the weakly hit single to restore the 51s’ five-run advantage and propel them to an easy win.

"We have to stay away from the big inning," Johnson said. "That’s been our nemesis. But our guys will figure it out. There’s still a lot of ball left to play. ... We’re going to go out there and compete. That’s what I care about."

For the Bees, it was their fourth straight loss.

While Las Vegas dominated this game after its four straight homers, however, the other three were winnable.

Two came after massive late-game collapses by the bullpen. The other involved by a base-running error in the bottom of the ninth that eventually prevented the Bees from trying the score.

Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment

About Reader Comments

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.