The Salt Lake Bees survived a great scoring opportunity in the ninth inning for Tacoma and edged the Rainiers 3-2 on Monday night.
Danny Muno led off with a double and advanced on a sacrifice by Tuffy Gosewisch, who reached on an error to give Tacoma runners at first and third with no outs. Joey Wong laid down a safety squeeze and pitcher Brooks Pounders pounced on the bunt and made a perfect backhand flip to catcher Tony Sanchez, who tagged out the headfirst sliding Muno. One out later, Ian Miller reached on an infield single to load the bases. Leonys Martin hit a flare to right that might have won the game for the Rainiers, but second baseman Rey Navarro made a back to the infield, over the shoulder catch to end the game.
The Bees took a 1-0 lead in the third on a solo homer by David Fletcher, added one more in the fifth on an run scoring double by Sherman Johnson and one more in the sixth on an RBI triple by Rey Navarro. With the scoreless ninth, Pounders earned his sixth save of the season. Branden Pinder (1-0) worked one and two-third scoreless innings for the win. Starter Manny Banuelos allowed no runs on two hits in his four innings. With the win, Salt Lake remains one game ahead of second place El Paso, as the Chihuahuas rolled to a 10-2 win over Fresno.
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