SALT LAKE CITY — Down four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Bees found themselves with the base loaded and Nolan Fontana at the plate. Fontana, a hero on more than a few nights this season with a grand slam and walk-off inside-the-park home run, took a ball to start the at-bat. Unfortunately for the Bees, that was the best it got as the infielder struck out to end the inning, handing the Bees a 6-2 defeat.
Rob Segedin was the hero for the Dodgers, as his ninth-inning, three-run double gave the visitors an insurmountable five-run lead. Star slugger Adrian Gonzalez chipped in as well, adding a two-run homer.
The Bees were led by Rey Navarro, who earned two RBIs on bases-loaded walks.
“This is just how it goes sometimes,” said Bees manager Keith Johnson. “I’m proud of how we keep battling. It shows the character of these guys. We just have to go out tomorrow and play the next game.”
NO DOUBT: One night after helping the Dodgers pull out the extra-inning win, A-Gon was back at it. This time, the slugger made sure to get all of his RBIs in one at-bat, rather than two. Titan went yard off Bees starter Luis Diaz, with a line drive homer over the right field fence. The homer was only the second hit of the series for Gonzalez, who finished 2 for 9 in his Salt Lake visit.
THROWING IT BACK: Salt Lake continued its journey through the decades Thursday night, having already celebrated the ’70s and ’80s. This time it was all about the ’90s. The Bees wore white pinstriped Buzz uniforms, while the 8,814 fans in attendance were treated to a large sampling of ’90s music.
Salt Lake was home to the Buzz from 1994-2000. In 2001 the team changed monikers to the Stingers, a change that coincided with the club changing affiliates, from the Minnesota Twins to the Anaheim Angels.
KLEPTOMANIA: With Bo Way’s steal of second base in the bottom of the fifth inning the Bees’ season total for stolen bases improved to 146, best in the PCL. No other club in the league has managed to steal more than 100 this season, putting Salt Lake in a class by itself.
The Bees led the league in steals in 2016 as well, racking up a grand total of 180 bags stolen. At their current pace, Salt Lake will reach 177 steals this season. If that…