The Salt Lake Bees ran out of rallies on Sunday afternoon, falling to the Iowa Cubs 11-10 in the final game of the homestand. Despite the loss the Bees took the series against Iowa 3-1 and finished the homestand with a 6-2 mark.
"Especially after the series we had in Reno, to come back home and do what we did, we can't let this last game sour what we accomplished over these last 8 games," Bees manager Keith Johnson said. "At no point were we out of this game, or did we feel like we were out of it, even down by 5 so early. That says a lot about the fortitude these guys have as far as not panicking and not giving up."
Iowa took a quick 5-0 lead in the first inning as the first five batters of the game reached against Bees starter Luis Diaz. The Bees would climb back into the game with a run in the first, three in the fourth and a run in the fifth to tie things back up at five. The two teams would exchange late game blows with Iowa getting the final punch putting three across in the ninth against Bees reliever Greg Mahle. Salt Lake would score two runs in the ninth on a Matt Williams double to get back within a run, but Williams was stranded on second as Bo Way went down swinging for the final out of the inning.
The Bees offense collected 14 hits in the loss, led by three-hit games from Williams and Kaleb Cowart. Williams also led the team with three RBIs while Eric Young Jr. and Tony Sanchez each collected a pair of RBIs. Diaz settled for a no decision giving up six runs over six innings after allowing five runs in the first. Mahle (2-1) took the loss for the Bees.
The Bees take to the road for an eight-game road trip starting in New Orleans on Monday before finishing up in Round Rock. The team returns to Salt Lake on Tuesday, May 23 to open up an eight-game homestand against El Paso Chihuahuas and Tacoma Rainiers.
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