Trappers edge Buzz
EDMONTON, Alberta - Salt Lake Buzz ace reliever Mike Trombley has been putting out fires all season, but Saturday night he got burned.
Trombley was his own worst enemy in the bottom of the ninth when he turned a save opportunity into a Buzz loss and an Edmonton Trapper 3-2 victory. The PCL Northern Division-leading Traps are now 25-13 on the season while the Buzz dropped to 41/2 games back at 23-20.
The Buzz led 2-1 in a pitchers duel going into the bottom of the ninth when the wheels came off for Trombley. He gave up two hits, committed a fielding error, threw a wild pitch and uncharacteristically walked two hitters as the Trappers came back to win.
The game-tying run was scored when Edmonton's Scott Sheldon drew a one-out, bases-loaded walk off Trombley, who had given up just four bases on balls all season prior to Saturday's loss. The next Trappers hitter, Kerwin Moore, followed with a game-winning single.
Both starting pitchers, Buzz hurler Scott Klingenbeck and Edmonton's Willie Adams, had strong outings as the game was scoreless through six innings. Each team scored one run in the seventh inning before Buzz third baseman Todd Walker gave his team a 2-1 lead with a solo homer, his eighth of the year, in the eighth.
Salt Lake and Edmonton will complete their series this afternoon at Telus Field. The Buzz will return to Salt Lake for a Monday night game at Franklin Quest Field against the Tacoma Rainers, the first contest in an eight-game home stand.