May 2, 2014 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) - Salt Lake Bees
After earning a pair of splits during an eight-game road trip the Salt Lake Bees return home to Smith's Ballpark for eight games at home, starting Friday night with the visiting Reno Aces. All games during the homestand start at 6:35.
The Bees have had a flair for the dramatics as of late, playing in five consecutive one-run games which included three extra innings affairs. Overall the Bees have played 12 one-run games already this year, compiling a 5-7 record.
The Bees and Aces last met less than a week ago in Reno, with Salt Lake earning a split of the four-game series. So far this season the Bees have split five of seven series.
After a slow start the Bees pitching staff has been performing much better. In each of the last three games the starting pitcher has thrown at least seven innings, marking three of the four times that feat has been accomplished this season. The rotation against the Aces will start with Matt Shoemaker taking the hill on Friday night, followed by a trio of lefties, Jose Alvarez, Justin Thomas and Wade LeBlanc.
At the plate the Bees have continued to hit well and rank second in the PCL in runs scored. C.J. Cron leads the PCL in doubles (12) and extra-base hits (18) and is third in the league in total bases (62) and RBIs (24). Fellow infielder Grant Green leads the circuit with 28 RBIs.
The homestand with Reno includes plenty of fun for fans, starting with a giveaway of the 1994 Salt Lake Buzz team poster on Friday night. Saturday will be the annual Pack the Park Pink night. The Bees will wear special jerseys and hats to commemorate the occasion. Jerseys and hats will be auctioned off on the concourse during the game with all proceeds going to Huntsman Cancer Foundation and the game will conclude with a fireworks show. Monday, May 5 will be Revenge of the Fifth, a Star Wars night that will include plenty of characters and fun for fans of the iconic movie franchise. Tickets for all games are available by calling 801-325-BEES or online with no fees at www.slbees.com.