SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake Bees rode into their Tuesday afternoon matchup against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox on a five-game winning streak, and they hoped to make it six in a row and reach .500 for the first time since losing seven of eight games at the end of May.
That didn't happen, however.
Sky Sox starter Chris Volstad pitched nearly flawlessly for seven innings — surrendering four hits and handing out only one free pass — and his team coasted to a 7-0 shutout win.
"When you see the scoreboard you just have to tip your cap to them," Bees interim manager Bill Richardson said. "He (Volstad) kept the ball down and on a good angle and then found his change-up in the second and third inning and was able to keep us off balance. You've just got to tip your cap to your opponent on a day like that."
Despite not receiving any offense, Bees starting pitcher Barry Enright kept the Sky Sox within reach for most of the day. Afterward, Richardson had nothing but praise for the 6-foot-3, 230-pounder out of Pepperdine.
"Anytime you get pitching and don't support it, it drives a manager crazy," Richardson said. "He (Enright) was locked into a pitchers' duel and again, to me that's a great baseball game. We kept them quiet for the most part and then the runs got contagious at the end. But we're all right."
The Bees hung tough after giving up a run in the first inning until the Sky Sox found some pop in their bats, knocking out three solo shots and a two-run blast over the final five innings. While the scoreboard shows a shutout, Salt Lake's players won't hang their heads for long, according to second baseman Andrew Romine.
"Nobody's coming in the locker room throwing things or anything," Romine said. "We've still got that momentum — those five games were big. It carries over for the next couple of games. In our minds we're still on a hot streak and this one loss isn't going to make too much of a difference."
Richardson echoed those sentiments.
"It's kind of like what (Romine) said: It was a good series for us. We had a setback today against a good team, and that's going to happen. But you enjoy your off day and get back to work and try to win another series," Richardson said.
Salt Lake dropped to 29-31 on the season and will take a day off before returning to the diamond Thursday night to face the Fresno Grizzlies at 7:05 pm at Spring Mobile Ballpark.