The Salt Lake Bees largely remained asleep during a rare mid-week, mid-day start at Smith's Ballpark on Tuesday. The Bees dropped the final game of their home stand and their four-game series with the Tacoma Rainiers, 4-0, in front of an announced crowd of 4,333.
Tacoma starting pitcher Andrew Moore, the sixth-best prospect in the Seattle Mariners' farm system according to Baseball America, stifled the Bees hitters on his way to eight shutout innings. He allowed just four hits.
The lone extra-base hits Moore gave up were to Kaleb Cowart to start the first and sixth innings, and he worked around those deftly. The only walk Moore allowed came in the seventh inning. The two-hour, six minute game time tied the Bees' shortest 9-inning game of the season.
TURNING POINT • Bee starting pitcher Daniel Wright, who had been shuffling back and forth between the Los Angeles Angels and Salt Lake in recent weeks, had allowed just one hit through the first 3 2/3 innings, but he issued a pair of two-out walks in the fourth and then gave up a three-run home run to D.J. Peterson.
BEE'S MVP • Cowart went 3-for-4 with two doubles. He accounted for three of the team's four hits.
FLASHING LEATHER • In the top of the ninth, Bees center fielder Bo Way made a one-handed catch while avoiding stepping on or tripping over shortstop Matt Williams when the two middle infielders and Way converged on a fly ball.
QUOTEWORTHY • "I thought we had some opportunities, especially in the first inning," Bees manager Keith Johnson said of the team's offense. "We get a runner on second base, and we don't move him over. We go out, out, out. Then we had that opportunity again, same thing, Kaleb hit a double to leadoff the inning and it was the same result. We've got to at least put up a point right there or at least get that runner to third base with an opportunity to put up a point early in the game and get on the board."
ANGEL ANGLE • Eric Young Jr.'s promotion to the majors in the wake of Mike Trout's injury has left the Bees with just three outfielders listed on their roster. Infielder Sherman Johnson has played the outfield since Young's departure. Johnson said he did not think any roster move was imminent to add an outfielder. Catcher Francisco Arcia could be a candidate to be added to the roster to fill the open spot. Arcia had been assigned to a rookie league affiliate in a paper transaction over the weekend, but is still with the team.
HISTORY LESSON • Tuesday's shutout loss marked the second time Tacoma blanked the Bees in Salt Lake City in their all-time series, dating back to 1994.
NEXT: •The Bees will have an off day on Wednesday before beginning a series at El Paso on Thursday night. They'll return home for a 12-game home stand starting on Monday June 5.