Trappers 7, Buzz 1The Salt Lake Buzz must have been enjoying their winning ways a tad too much.
The Buzz had seemingly righted what appeared to be a sinking ship, winning four of their last five games. But Edmonton took advantage of timely hitting, and even more timely raindrops, to hand Salt Lake a 7-1 loss.
A 78-minute rain delay between the sixth and seventh innings left the Buzz pitching staff out of sorts. Gus Gandarillas took the mound, got a fly-ball out from the first batter and then saw his night fall apart.
Brian Richardson committed a pair of errors in the seventh, which led to four unearned runs and turned a tight, defensive battle into a blowout.
Gandarillas didn't last through the inning, and his replacement, Jeff Harris, didn't fare much better.
Eddie Williams sent a shot over the left-field fence in the bottom half of the inning to make it 5-1, but that was as close as it would get.
Williams was about the only Buzz player aside from starting pitcher Travis Baptist to show up at Franklin Covey. The designated hitter had four hits while the rest of the team combined for two.
Edmonton knocked in a pair of runs in the eighth to push its lead to 7-1.
Just before Mother Nature tried to end the game, Edmonton's Mike Colangelo lined a double past third that allowed Keith Johns to score all the way around from first.
Mike Moriarty took a relay throw and fired toward home after a slight delay, but Johns got his foot under the tag of George Williams.
The Buzz, 22-30, didn't get a batter on base in either the fifth or sixth innings and after David Ortiz hit a hard liner to short to end the sixth stanza, the umpire decided it was time to roll out the tarp and call it a night -- almost.
The Trappers improved to 26-27 and will continue the series today when Mike Fyhrie faces Salt Lake's Jason Bell.
Baptist had a good night on the mound before the weather forced him into the clubhouse. Baptist surrendered just one run on four hits but was still tagged with the loss. Trapper starter Lou Pote was even better, though.
The Buzz got just two hits in the abbreviated game and never got a runner past second.
BEE LINES: Attendance was announced as 6,019 and kept the Buzz within 100 fans per game of league-leading New Orleans . . . Mike Moriarty struck out looking to end the fifth, and was quickly tossed while looking incredulously at home plate umpire Chris Taylor.