Two good things came out of the Salt Lake Buzz's game against the Edmonton Trappers Monday night - it was short and it's over.
After playing for 51/2 hours at Franklin Quest Field on Sunday, the Salt Lake Buzz didn't need another marathon game to open up a season ending eight-game road swing on Monday night.So, fortunately for the Buzz, their game against Northern Division-leading Edmonton only lasted 21/2 hours. However, the bulk of that time was spent watching Salt Lake's pitching staff get blasted as the Trappers smashed the Buzz, 14-1.
The margin of defeat wasn't the only bad news for the Buzz. The timing wasn't very good, either. In other PCL action, Calgary beat Colorado Springs, 12-8. That gives the Cannons a 11/2-game lead against Salt Lake in the race for a wild card playoff spot. Both teams have seven games left.
The Trappers, winners of the first-half pennant in the Northern Division, improved to 42-23 and reduced their magic number to three over the second-place Buzz (37-28) for the second-half title.
Edmonton's George Williams did most of the damage against the Buzz. He hit his first two home runs of the season, including one grand slam. The Trappers pounded 15 hits, while allowing just five to Salt Lake batters.
Edmonton starter Todd Williams (4-3) scattered five hits over six innings and snagged a high bouncer from J.J. Johnson barehanded to start a double play in the fifth inning.
The two teams will continue their four-game series tonight at 7.