It's been nearly a month since the Salt Lake Buzz have won back-to-back contests, and heading into Tuesday night's game with the Vancouver Canadians, Buzz manager Phil Roof thought the Buzz were poised to make it two straight as ace Dave Stevens took the mound.
However, the Buzz seemed one pitch, one big hit, or one big play away as the Buzz fell 12-5 to the Canadians at Franklin Quest Field."We're in a rut and we're trying to get out of it," Roof said. "We're hustling, but were not doing enough things right."
Prior to Tuesday's loss Stevens was 6-2, and the righthander was sailing along with a 2-1 lead heading to the fourth inning, but the Canadians scored five runs on the PCL pitcher of the week to put the game out of reach.
Chris Pritchett and George Arias singled to start the inning, and after a fly out, Derrick White and Edgar Caceras had back-to-back RBI singles, Jovino Carvajal had a two-run double, and with two outs in the inning Robert Eenhoorn hit an RBI double lift the Canadians to the insurmountable 6-2 lead.
After Ryan Ramanovich's homer in the first, the Buzz plated another run in the third on a Todd Walker sac fly to take the 2-1 lead before Vancouver's five-run fourth.
After Vancouver scored a run in the top of the sixth, Salt Lake trimmed the lead to 7-4 on a bases loaded walk to Mitch Simons and a RBI groundout by Mike Durant.
The two clubs conclude the four-game series tonight at 7 p.m. at Franklin Quest Field, with LHP Travis Miller (5-4, 4.16 ERA) battling RHP Geoff Edsell (6-4, 6.00).