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Salt Lake Bees: Reno Aces rough up Bees’ bullpen in 4-1 loss

First Published Jul 22 2014 11:19PM      Last Updated Jul 22 2014 11:36 pm

Wade LeBlanc had a strong seven innings for the Salt Lake Bees on Tuesday night. However, his reliever, Fernando Nieve, allowed three key runs during the eighth inning en route to a 4-1 loss to the Reno Aces at Smith’s Ballpark.

LeBlanc, who scatted five hits while allowing one earned run through seven innings, was pulled with the game tied, 1-1.

He struggled with his control later in the game, despite getting outs, Bees manager Keith Johnson said.

"He battled for us for seven strong innings, so it was time for a change," Johnson said.

LeBlanc has allowed just six earned runs in his lpst 27 innings pitched.



AT A GLANCE

Storylines

J.B. Shuck scores the Bees’ only run, in the sixth inning.

» Fernando Nieve gives up three earned runs in the eighth to seal the Aces’ 4-1 victory.

» The Bees sign free agent and Taylorville High alumnus John Buck. He finishes 0-for-4 in his opener.

» Also back, C.J. Cron returns Sunday from the L.A. Angels and goes 3-for-4 with an RBI.


Other than the run by J.B. Shuck scoring in the sixth, the Bees had no offensive production.

Another Salt Lake City favorite returns • The Bees signed Taylorville High School alumnus John Buck. He was a free agent signed Thursday.

In his first game, he went 0-for-4 at bat for a .250 average. The catcher previously played with the Seattle Mariners, where he marked a .226 batting average over 27 games.

tsmith@sltrib.com

 

 

 

 

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