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Bees fall to Sky Sox in series finale, 4-2

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The Salt Lake Bees lost to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox 4-2, with the Sky Sox handing the Bees their fourth straight loss and sweeping the series from Salt Lake. The Bees' offense had two runs on nine hits and went 2 for 7 with runners in scoring position. Salt Lake’s first run came in the bottom of the seventh inning on a Nolan Fontana sacrifice bunt. In the ninth inning, a Rey Navarro RBI double closed the gap to two, and after a Nolan Fontana walk, Dustin Ackley came to the plate with one out and two on base but hit into a double play to end the game.

“There’s another game tomorrow, so let’s just take it one game at a time. Obviously, they (Colorado Springs) beat us one game at a time, but going forward for the rest of the year, it’ll be one game at a time and tomorrow there’s another game, so the guys will come out and they’ll be ready to play,” Bees manager Keith Johnson said.

HEANEY REHAB: Los Angeles Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney threw his second start of his rehab assignment with the Salt Lake Bees on Sunday afternoon. Heaney, who had Tommy John surgery before the 2017 season, hasn’t pitched in the majors this year.

On Sunday, Heaney started and threw five and one-third innings. Heaney gave up six hits, three runs (two earned), walked two and struck out five.

“He looked good. He wasn’t quite as sharp as he was in Nashville, but he threw the ball well. He came out of everything healthy. You can see why he’s a major league pitcher. He got himself behind in some situations earlier in the ballgame and pitched himself out of it,” Johnson said. “That last inning, the fourth inning, he wasn’t quite able to get out of it with the two-run homer with two strikes, but other than that, it was like nothing fazed him. He went out and knew what he had to do to execute, to be successful, and he did that.”

It was his first appearance on the mound with Salt Lake since Aug. 1, when Heaney worked five innings, giving up five hits and three runs, walking none and striking out seven. In his career, Heaney has pitched 26 games, posted a career record of 6-8 and an earned run average of 4.09 over 141 innings thrown in his career so far.

FAREWELL, COLORADO SPRINGS: Sunday’s contest between the Bees and the Sky Sox was one of the final times the two teams will play at Smith’s Ballpark. In 2019, Colorado Springs will transition to a Pioneer League rookie league team, and the Colorado Springs Triple-A team will move to San Antonio. Colorado Springs has been a Triple-A team for 30 years.

JUST KEEP SCORING: After scoring one run on Sunday afternoon, the Bees kept up their streak of not being shut out. Salt Lake has scored at least a run in 44 straight games. The last time the Bees were shut out was on June 17 at Tacoma, a game they lost 2-0.

BEELINES

Sky Sox — 4

Bees — 2

In short: Salt Lake lost its fourth straight game to Colorado Springs, getting swept in the four-game series as Andrew Heaney threw five and one-third innings in his second rehab start of the season.

Record: 58-56

Next up: Oklahoma City RHP Wilmer Font (9-5, 3.49 ERA) at Salt Lake RHP Daniel Wright (5-7, 7.52 ERA), Monday, 7:05 p.m.

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