SALT LAKE CITY — Tied at six runs apiece in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Bees and 51s were locked in quite the series-opening battle. Led by the efforts of Cesar Puello and Rey Navarro, Salt Lake edged ahead of Las Vegas and held on for the 7-6 victory.
HEAD ON DOWN THE LINE: Bees designated hitter Dustin Ackley walked 270 feet for free Monday night, courtesy of three walks drawn. The trio of freebies bumped the former Mariner’s total to 25 on the season, the fifth-best mark on the team. Ackley also recorded a RBI and a run scored in what was a perfect 1 for 1 evening.
Ackley is currently the fourth highest All-Star game vote-getter in the PCL, as far as designated hitters are concerned, which is the highest position of any Bee.
THE CITY OF ANGELS: When Damien Magnifico made his Bees debut against El Paso Saturday night he became the 15th player to suit up this season for both Salt Lake and Los Angeles. Pitchers make up the vast majority of that group, with the likes of Magnifico, Parker Birdwell, Alex Meyer, Deolis Guerra and Keynan Middleton among the brief major leaguers.
The most notable of the Los Angeles Bees, C.J. Cron, appeared in 12 games with Salt Lake where he racked up five homers, 18 RBIs, and a .347 batting average.
SUPERB START: Magnifico wasn’t the only Bee to make his debut Saturday against the Chihuahuas. After starting the season a member of the Round Rock Express, Cesar Puello found his way into a Bees uniform and has been excellent since then. The Dominican connected for three hits in that Salt Lake win and added two more in Sunday’s contest.
Puello’s hot streak didn’t slow much, if at all, with the teams return to Salt Lake. The outfielder went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and a run scored in the Bees' victory. Most importantly, Puello drove in the go-ahead and eventual game-winning run.
“I’m having fun,” said Puello. “We have a good team and a great staff. The guys are very friendly and work hard and I already feel like they are my brothers.”
Bees - 7
51s - 6
In short: Cesar Puello went 2 for 4 with two RBIs, Rey Navarro went 2 for 3 with three runs scored, and the Bees took down the 51s.
Up Next: Las Vegas RHP Rafael Montero (0-1, 2.25) at Salt Lake RHP Doug Fister (0-0, 0.00), Tuesday, 7:05 p.m.