EDMONTON, Alberta — The Salt Lake Stingers scored five runs over the first four innings and then held on for dear life as they downed the Edmonton Trappers 6-4 Wednesday night.
Scott Morgan opened up the scoring with a two-out, two-run single in the first. Juan Tolentino added a run-scoring single in the second to make it 3-0, and, after Matt LeCroy hit the first of two homers to lead off the second, Larry Barnes' two-run triple in the fourth gave Salt Lake a 5-1 lead.
Edmonton closed to within two in the ninth and had the winning run at the plate, but Bart Miadich got Mike Ryan to line out to center to end the game.
Will Brunson (2-1) started in place of Matt Wise and got the win. Brunson went a season-high five innings and allowed just two runs on five hits. Alfredo Amezaga and Tolentino led the Stingers with three hits each.
NOTES: Brunson made the emergency start as the PCL office gave Wise a three game suspension for his part in a bench-clearing fight last Friday with Iowa's Chad Meyers, who also received a three-game suspension. Wise will start Friday in Calgary . . . The Stingers lead the Central Division by five games as Iowa beat Fresno 10-2 . . . Javier Valentin's home run in the sixth was the 2,500th homer in the 31-year history of the Edmonton franchise.