The Salt Lake Bees won their 50th game of the season with a 5-4 victory over Sacramento on Thursday night.
The Bees have not hit the 50 win mark in the month of July since 2013, the last season the club made the playoffs.
John Lamb won his third consecutive start and the Bees improved to 4-0 with Lamb on the mound. The southpaw fired a season-high seven innings, striking out six and allowing four runs. Manny Banuelos and Deolis Guerra followed Lamb with scoreless outings to finish off the game. Guerra collected his first save of the season for the Bees and became the 10th different Salt Lake pitcher to earn a save on the season.
"I was really just throwing strikes, trying to keep hitters off-balance," Lamb said. "Games like these when we have some runs on the board it really feeds my confidence to just attack hitters and be aggressive early in counts. That mentality will help you out at all levels and tonight it paid off and just happened to be a good night, for both the team and myself."
The Bees offense picked up where it left off before the All-Star break collecting 11 hits, led by Shane Robinson with a 3-for-5 night. For Robinson, it was his 11th straight game with a hit and his 13th multi-hit game in his last 17 starts. The outfielder raised his average to .339 and scored three of the Bees five runs on the night. Kaleb Cowart and Nolan Fontana each went 2-for-4 on the night with Cowart driving in two runs.
The Bees and River Cats play three more games in the series with 7:05 p.m. starts on Friday and Saturday night followed by a 1:05 p.m. Sunday afternoon game. Tickets and more information about the Bees is available at www.slbees.com
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