The Salt Lake Buzz got off to a fast start to begin the second half of the PCL season, but it took only one night to put them back at .500.
Salt Lake, which had won five straight and was 2-0 to open the second half of the season, dropped a pair of games to the Vancouver Canadians Friday night to fall to 2-2. Vancouver pitching was strong in both games, as the potent Buzz lineup could manage just four runs all night in a 6-2 loss in the first game and a 3-2 extra-inning setback in the nightcap.The second game was tied 2-2 after the scheduled seven innings. In the top of the eighth, Jeff Carter led off with a single, stole second and advanced to third on a groundout by Scott Stahoviak. Carter was stranded 90-feet from home, however, when Canadian reliever Troy Percival struck out Bernardo Brito on three pitches.
In the bottom of the eighth Buzz catcher Tim McIntosh had miscues on consecutive pitches that allowed the winning run to score. First, McIntosh tried to pick off Rod Correa at second base but threw the ball into centerfield and Correa advanced to third. Then reliever Bill Wissler's pitched got by McIntosh and Correa scored on the passed ball.
The Ogden Raptors of the Pioneer League fell 3-2 to the Helena Brewers Friday night. For a look at the league standings and the game boxscore, see page D3.