The Salt Lake Bees rallied from as many as five runs down for their league-leading seventh win of the season when trailing after six innings with a 13-11 victory over Iowa on Friday night.
Both offenses exchanged blows all night long as the two pitching staffs combined to put only five zeros on the line score. Iowa struck first with two runs in the first, but the Bees came back with a three spot of their own. The two teams would go on to trade the lead four times before the end of the third inning. Iowa broke out in front and stretched the lead to 10-5 after a three-run fifth inning, but the Bees chipped away with a single run in the fifth and sixth and three runs in the seventh and eighth to get back in front. Kaleb Cowart led the way for the Bees offense finishing 3-for-5 with two runs scored and three driven in, including the tying run in the eighth inning. C.J. Cron finished 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs as the former Ute continues his MLB rehab assignment in Salt Lake.
"That's just the kind of game you have to stay in mentally," Kaleb Cowart said. "I think everybody stayed in it, grinded in their at-bats. We were definitely trusting the process."
Daniel Wright got the start for the Bees, giving up seven runs over four innings before being relieved by Drew Gagnon who gave up another four runs over three innings. Greg Mahle (2-0) got the win for the Bees pitching a scoreless eighth inning and Brooks Pounders picked up his second save of the year by finishing off the game in the ninth.
The Bees and Cubs have wo more games left in the homestand with Pack the Park Pink on Saturday night with postgame fireworks and a 1:05 Sunday matinee to finish the series. Tickets and more information is available on www.slbees.com.
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