A sixth-inning collapse from the Salt Lake Bees snapped their three-game winning streak as they fell to the Colorado Spring Sky Sox 10-6 in front of 7,415 fans at Smith’s Ballpark on Thursday night.
In the fifth inning, with Colorado Springs down 6-2, a two-run home run from Mauricio Dubon closed the gap for the Sky Sox. Then, Colorado Springs put up a five-run sixth inning to turn the game around.
With one out and two men on in the sixth inning, a ground ball was mishandled by shortstop Nolan Fontana, loading the bases. In the next at-bat, Kyle Wren singled in two to tie the game at six. A batter later, Brett Phillips hit a double to score two more. Phillips would score on a single by Chris Colabello and the Bees would not make up the three-run gap for the rest of the game.
Bees pitcher Mike Morin came off the mound with an apparent injury in the top of the eighth inning.
PUELLO POWER: After heading to the disabled list with a sprained ankle on July 22, Cesar Puello has returned on fire. Puello was reinstated to the roster on Aug. 31, and played his first game back on Aug. 1 against the Nashville Sounds. In Nashville, the Dominican Republic native went 3 for 5 with two runs batted in and two doubles. On Thursday, Puello went 4 for 4 with two RBIs, a walk and a double.
MAYBIN REHABBING: Los Angeles Angels outfielder Cameron Maybin, who is rehabbing from a sprained knee that was sustained on July 18, will begin a rehab assignment with the Bees on Friday night when Salt Lake plays Colorado Springs in the second contest of a four-game series between the two teams. Maybin was placed on the DL, but took batting practice Tuesday. Before his injury, Maybin was batting .238 with a .342 on-base percentage. Maybin has also stolen 25 bases in the 75 games that he has played for the Angels in this season.
TRANSACTION TURNSTILE: The Bees performed nine transactions on Thursday. Pitcher Drew Gagnon, who suffered a right-quad strain, was sent to the disabled list, outfielder Bo Way was sent to the temporarily inactive list to make room for Maybin, pitcher Andrew Bailey was added to Salt Lake’s roster on a rehab assignment, pitcher Brandon Pinder was picked up as a free agent, and outfielder Nick Franklin was sent down from the Angels to the Bees along with Brooks Pounders. Michael Hermosillo was called up to Salt Lake from Double-A Mobile.
HOME, SWEET HOME: Salt Lake returns home for an eight-game homestand after being on the road for eight games. On their recent trip, the Bees went 1-3 at Memphis and 3-1 at Nashville for a total record of 4-4. Currently, the Bees are 30-26 at Smith’s Ballpark and 28-27 on the road.
Sky Sox — 10
Bees — 6
In short: A five-run sixth inning for Colorado Springs powered it to a 10-6 win over the Salt Lake Bees on Thursday night.
Next up: Colorado Springs RHP Junior Guerra (0-1, 4.26 ERA) at Salt Lake LHP John Lamb (3-1, 8.10 ERA)