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BUZZ CONTINUE TO BATTER SKY SOX PITCHING, 14-1

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The Salt Lake Buzz scored an incredible 28 runs in a single game against Colorado Springs 10 days ago.

Monday night the same two teams met for the the first time since then, only this time the Sky Sox pitching staff held the Buzz to a pair of touchdowns.Despite the improved pitching, Colorado Springs was on the short end of a 14-1 game at Franklin Quest Field.

"We've had some weird games against those guys," Buzz manager Scott Ullger said.

Salt Lake is now 21-24 in the second half of the PCL season, three games behind Northern Division leading Calgary. Colorado Springs is 21-21.

The Buzz, who routed the Sky Sox 28-3 July 29, had another offensive heyday Monday led by third baseman Scott Stahoviak's two tape-measure homers and five RBI. Stahoviak has dominated Sky Sox pitching all year. He's hitting .439 with five homers (nearly half of his season total of 11) and 23 RBI in the 13 games against Colorado Springs.

"I can't explain it at all," Stahoviak said of his season-long success against Sky Sox pitchers. "Sometimes it just happens that way, I guess. I wouldn't expect to have too many more two home run nights, let's just put it that way."

Sky Sox starting pitcher Marcus Moore was tagged for eight runs - including both of Stahoviak's dingers - in just over five innings before throwing a tantrum that would make a fit by a 2-year-old seem tame. After being graciously yanked from the game by manager Brad Mills, Moore instigated a face-to-face shouting match with home plate umpire Dale Luker. He kicked dirt on the plate and had to be restrained. His tirade continued on in the dugout where his best toss of the night came when he launched a bag full of baseballs on to the field before heading to the showers.

Buzz starter Jon Henry, on the other hand, had outstanding composure. Henry (1-2) earned his first victory in a Buzz uniform by scattering five hits and striking out four with just one walk in seven innings. His only blemish was the solo home run he gave up to Jay Gainer in the seventh. Shawn Bryant pitched two scoreless innings of relief to close out the game.

"I was getting stronger as the game went on and would have liked to have finished it," Henry said.

Like the previous game against the Sky Sox, every Buzz hitter got into the act. All nine starters had at least one hit and scored at least one run.

The Buzz scored five runs in the third with Stahoviak's three-run opposite field blast the big hit. Stahoviak added a two-run shot in the fifth.

With Salt Lake leading 8-1 in the seventh, Jeff Carter had a bases-clearing double and Rich Becker drove in two more with a double off reliever John Burke.

Three of Salt Lake's five highest scoring games this year have been against the Sky Sox, yet the Buzz have been shut out by Colorado Springs twice. The Sky Sox, winners of the first half Southern Division title, still lead the season series 7-6.

The Buzz and Sky Sox will meet again tonight in the second-game of the series. Salt Lake is scheduled to start RHP LaTroy Hawkins (3-2, 3.96 ERA) against RHP Kevin Meier (4-5, 6.10).

BUZZ BRIEFS - LHP Eddie Guardado was named PCL Pitcher of the Week by Howe Sportsdata Monday. Guardado went 2-0 during two starts last week. He hurled a complete game and had seven strikeouts with no walks in the victories . . . The crowd of 9,778 at Franklin Quest Monday gives Salt Lake 562,065 for the season for an average of 10,037. With 15 home games remaining the Buzz need to average 7,234 fans to break the PCL season record held by the 1946 San Francisco Seals . . . The Buzz are sponsoring youth baseball clinics for boys and girls 8- to 14-years-old on Aug. 16 and 17 at Franklin Quest Field. Buzz coaches and players will serve as instructors. Registration forms are available at the Buzz offices.