The Bees gave up 11 runs in the top of the first inning, but nearly completed the comeback before falling 13-12 to Albuquerque on Sunday afternoon. Bees pitcher Michael Brady made his first professional start on the mound and struggled giving up seven runs in the first before being relieved. Jeremy Berg gave up another four runs in the first to put Salt Lake behind the eight ball early. The Bees offense, led by Grant Green who went 3-for-4 at the plate with three RBIs, chipped away at the deficit scoring runs in seven different innings. Roberto Lopez would score on an RBI ground out from Shawn O'Malley in the bottom of the ninth to close the deficit to a single run, but Taylor Lindsey grounded out to the pitcher to end the comeback threat.
Brady (0-1) was charged with the loss, while Isotopes reliever Justin Souza (1-0) picked up the victory after pitching two and one-third innings while giving up four runs. Albuquerque starter Matt Magill did not factor into the decision going three and two-thirds innings while giving up seven earned runs.
"We did a good job offensively," Bees manager Keith Johnson said. "Even though we gave up that big 11-run first inning, we still had 27 outs to try and score 11 runs. We will do everything we can. We will take the extra base, bunt, try to get extra base runners and do all those things to get guys on. Our guys did a good job clawing back early, but came up just short in the end."
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