Following three straight loses to the El Paso Chihuahuas, the Salt Lake Bees finished their homestand with a 9-4 win on Monday night to tally the franchise's 900th victory at Smith's Ballpark. The Bees (15-10) scored six runs between the second and third innings against Chihuahuas starter and highly regarded San Diego Padres pitching prospect Dinelson Lamet (2-1).
Lamet, who Baseball America ranked the Padres ninth-best prospect, had allowed one earned run (two total runs) in 20 innings coming into Monday. He gave up two in the second inning, and Bees infielder Nolan Fontana tacked on four more with a two-out grand slam home run in the third inning, his second career grand slam and the first four-run homer for the Bees (91st overall) since Cal Towey's at home against Reno on Aug. 4, 2016. The Bees added there more runs in the eighth.
Turning Point • Bees starting pitcher Troy Scribner worked out of a bases loaded jam with the one out and two of the most-dangerous hitters in the El Paso lineup coming up in the third. He struck out Carlos Asuaje and Jamie Romak to keep a 2-0 lead intact. The next half inning, the Bees scored four runs.
Bees MVP •Fontana went 2 for 3 with a grand slam, five RBIs, a walk and three runs scored. He also made several brilliant plays in the field with his glove while playing second base.
Hidden Hero • Relief pitcher Justin Miller came in with two runners on base in the sixth after starter Troy Scribner had given up four runs in the inning and the go-ahead run was at the plate. Miller pitched 11⁄3 scoreless.
Flashing Leather • Fontana made a pair of diving stops in the first four innings. He stop in the fourth inning led to an inning-ending force out at first base. He made a similar snag in the third that could have started a double play, but his throw to second got mishandled.
Quoteworthy • "We know that he's a guy with a plus arm," Fontana said of Lamet. "He's got some good stuff. Hats off to him. He's had a great season so far. We put a lot of good at-bats together in a row and stringed them like that one inning and got the W."
Angel Angle • The Angels announced that left-handed starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs will miss 10-12 weeks after suffering a Grade 2 oblique strain on Friday against the Texas Rangers. Bees starter Alex Meyer entered this season ranked the top pitching prospect in the Angels' farm system by Baseball America. He made a spot start for the Angels on April 21.
What's next • The Bees hit the road for four games at Reno starting with a 7:35 p.m. (MDT) on Tuesday night.