Baseball: Bees drop second in a row to El Paso

First Published      Last Updated May 24 2017 10:37 pm

The El Paso Chihuahuas handed the Salt Lake Bees their second loss in as many nights as the Bees fell 5-4 in 10 innings in front of an announced crowd of 3,618 at Smith's Ballpark on Wednesday night. The Bees (25-22) fell to 7-5 in one-run games and have dropped the first two in their eight-game homestand.

Turning Point • El Paso (22-25) scored in the top of the 10th on Rocky Gale's RBI double, and relief pitcher Phil Maton made that run stand up in the bottom half of the inning. El Paso scored against Bees relief pitcher Garrett Nuss, who had been promoted from High-A in advance of Wednesday's game. Nuss tossed two wild pitches and allowed two hits in his Triple-A debut.

Bees MVP • Designated hitter Dustin Ackley went 3 for 6 with two runs scored and three doubles.

Hidden Hero • Alex Klonowski pitched a season-high seven innings after getting off to a rocky start. His innings were important considering the Bees bullpen has been heavily depleted by promotions.

Quoteworthy • "I think he was pitching away from contact the first couple innings then he just started pitching like he knows how to pitch, pitching inside, locating his breaking ball a lot better those last few innings, and he did really good job of pitching us into the ninth inning," Bees manager Keith Johnson said of Klonowski.

Angel Angle • Bees reliever Brooks Pounders pitched one scoreless inning for the Angels in Wednesday's loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. The Angels also sent pitchers Mike Morin and Huston Street to Salt Lake on rehab assignments to pitch for the Bees on Wednesday night. Morin pitched one scoreless inning without allowing a hit, and he struck out two batters. Street retired the side in order in his lone inning.

What's next • The Bees will continue their four-game series against El Paso on Thursday night at 6:35 p.m. at Smith's Ballpark.



PCL Standings

American North W L Pct. GB

Colo. Springs (Brewers) 25 16 .610 —

Okla. City (Dodgers) 25 18 .581 1

Omaha (Royals) 22 23 .489 5

Iowa (Cubs) 21 24 .467 6

American South W L Pct. GB

Memphis (Cardinals) 29 18 .617 —

Nashville (Athletics) 23 20 .535 4

Round Rock (Rangers) 21 26 .447 8

New Orleans (Marlins) 16 29 .356 12

Pacific North W L Pct. GB

Tacoma (Mariners) 29 16 .644 —

Reno (Diamondbacks) 28 19 .596 2

Fresno (Astros) 18 29 .383 12

Sacramento (Giants) 17 28 .378 12

Pacific South W L Pct. GB

Salt Lake (Angels) 25 22 .532 —

Albuquerque (Rockies) 23 22 .511 ½

El Paso (Padres) 22 25 .468 3

Las Vegas (Mets) 19 28 .404 6½

Wednesday’s games

Iowa 5, Reno 0

Tacoma 5, Fresno 3

Memphis 9, Sacramento 5

Nashville 4, Omaha 0

Round Rock 3, Las Vegas 1

El Paso 5, Salt Lake 4, 10 innings

New Orleans at Colorado Springs

Oklahoma City at Albuquerque

Thursday’s games

Omaha at Nashville, 5:35 p.m.

Reno at Iowa, 5:38 p.m.

Las Vegas at Round Rock, 6:05 p.m.

El Paso at Salt Lake, 6:35 p.m.

New Orleans at Colo. Springs, 6:40 p.m.

Okla. City at Albuquerque, 7:05 p.m.

Fresno at Tacoma, 8:05 p.m.

Memphis at Sacramento, 8:05 p.m.