For the second night in a row the Salt Lake Bees scored first only to watch their lead disappear. The Bees dropped their fifth straight in an 8-5 loss to the El Paso Chihuahuas in from of an announced 3,696 at Smith's Ballpark on Thursday night. The Bees set a franchise record with 17 men left on base. The previous record of 16 was set twice, the most recent time came at Colorado Springs on Aug. 19, 2001.
Bees manager Keith Johnson got ejected for the first time this season after arguing with home plate umpire Clayton Hamm about a close play where Eric Young Jr. was called out trying to score in the sixth inning. Bees starting pitcher Troy Scribner (5-1) took his first loss of the season. He allowed six runs on seven hits and four walks in five innings. El Paso smacked three home runs (one off of Scribner) with Diego Goris (1-for-4), Franchy Cordero (2-for-3, two runs) and Jose Pirela (2-for-3, three RBIs) all going deep.
Turning Point • El Paso scored five second-inning runs against Scribner. Four of those runs scored with two outs, including a two-run single by Jose Pirela and an RBI triple from Rafael Ortega. El Paso never trailed after the second inning.
Bees MVP • Catcher Carlos Perez went 5-for-5 with a walk, a double and two RBIs in his first game after coming off of the disabled list with a quadriceps strain.
Hidden Hero • Shane Robinson went 2 for 4 with a runs scored, an RBI and a sacrifice fly.
Flashing Leather •The Bees turned a slick 5-6-3 inning ending double play with their infielders shifted over with designated hitter Nick Buss. Third baseman Sherman Johnson flipped to shortstop Matt Williams who turned it.
Quoteworthy • "Sometimes it's going to happen," Perez said of the team's struggles with men on base. "Sometimes we're going to score too much. Sometimes we're not going to. That's part of the game. [All we do is] just play hard, and the results are going to come."
HISTORY LESSON • Bees outfielder Eric Young Jr. turned 32 on Thursday. Young, the son of former big leaguer Eric Young, entered the night leading the Pacific Coast League in stolen bases (12).
Angel Angle • The Los Angeles Angels optioned relief pitcher Brooks Pounders back to Salt Lake after he tossed one scoreless inning in Wednesday night's loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. The Angels also recalled pitcher Daniel Wright from Salt Lake.
What's next • The Bees conclude their four-game series with El Paso on Friday night at 6:35 p.m. at Smith's Ballpark.