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Bees End Season With 16-9 Win
09/03/2012 6:34 PM ET
 
Matt Long and Trevor Crowe each drove in five runs to lead the Salt Lake Bees to a season-ending 16-9 win over the Sacramento River Cats on Monday afternoon. The game was tied 4-4 in the fifth with two outs and no one on base when Long drilled his eighth home run of the season over the right field wall to put the Bees in front. Doug Deeds singled and then scored from first on a triple by Crowe. Hank Conger followed with a two-run homer to right to make it 8-4. After Sacramento scored twice in the sixth, Long delivered a two-out, three-run homer to give Salt Lake an 11-6 lead. It was 11-9 going into the eighth when the Bees put it away with five runs on a two-run homer by Ryan Langerhans, a two-run double by Crowe and a run-scoring triple by Jimmy Swift for his first career Triple-A hit.

Matt Shoemaker (11-10) picked up the win, as he went five innings and allowed six runs on 11 hits with five strikeouts and one walk. Deeds led the way for Salt Lake with five hits and came up a home run shy of cycle with two singles, two doubles and one triple with four runs scored. Crowe had four hits to go with his five RBI, while Long had three hits, including two home runs, to go with his five runs batted in. Hank Conger chipped in with three hits, including a home run and two RBI, as the Bees close out the season with a 73-71 record for the 16th winning season in the club's 19-year history.

"The guys came out swinging the bats well," said Bees Manager Keith Johnson. "[Matt] Shoemaker had a little bit of a rough start, but did okay in the middle innings. The game got a little bit closer than we wanted but the guys came in and did a good job and then our offense just kept continuing to put up runs. We ended up having a pretty good win to end the season."

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