SALT LAKE CITY (July 15, 2017) - The Salt Lake Bees rallied late, but fell one run short as the Sacramento River Cats won 4-3 on Saturday night.
Salt Lake fell behind early giving up a single run in the third, fourth, sixth and seventh innings. Starter Daniel Wright (4-5) was charged with the first two runs over his four innings of work and was tagged with loss. Drew Gagnon took over for the next three innings out of the bullpen allowing the final two runs before Deolis Guerra closed it out with two scoreless innings to keep the Bees close.
The Bees offense pounded out eight hits, but could not bring a run across until the bottom of the seventh inning when Ramon Flores singled in Cesar Puello to spoil the shutout. One inning later Eric Young Jr. moved the Bees within two runs with a RBI single and Kaleb Cowart followed with a RBI ground out. The Bees would get no closer as Jefry Marte was caught stealing and Puello grounded out to finish the eighth before the bats would go out in order in the ninth. Infielder David Fletcher went 1-for-4 with a double in his Triple-A debut and Marte finished 3-for-4 to lead the offense.
"I'm just excited to be here, to have the chance to compete at this level," Fletcher said. "I was just looking for something out over the plate to drive the other way tonight at the plate, and luckily that's what I got."
The Bees and River Cats finish up the four-game series tomorrow at 1:05 at Smith's Ballpark. The Bees will head to Reno on Sunday night before returning on Saturday for a four-game Pioneer Day Weekend Series. Tickets and a full schedule is available at www.slbees.com.
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