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Major-leaguers Vernon Wells and Chris Iannetta ended week-long rehabilitation assignments with Salt Lake City on Friday, just before Andrew Romine was recalled by the Los Angeles Angels.
Apparently, they took their bats back to California with them.
Sacramento right-hander Tyson Ross pitched perfectly through 5 2⁄3 innings before finishing with a four-hitter, leading the River Cats to a 7-2 victory over the Bees at Spring Mobile Ballpark.
In their previous six games, Salt Lake scored 35 runs and pounded out 61 hits. But against the 6-foot-6, 230-pound Ross, the Bees' offense sputtered.
"He was throwing at the bottom of the strike zone all night, expanding the corners and just making some good pitches," Salt Lake manager Keith Johnson said. "Tonight, he was on."
Ross, who pitched 12 games for the Oakland Athletics this season before being sent down a month ago, flirted with a perfect game.
He retired 17 straight Bees until Ed Lucas, the No. 9 hitter in Johnson's batting order, lined a 2-2 pitch into short right field with two out in the bottom of the sixth.
Ross lost his shutout moments later when Matt Long drilled a triple to right center, scoring Lucas.
Ross "threw quality strikes," Johnson said. "Hats off to him. He did a great of staying at the bottom of the strike zone and away from the middle of the plate."
Ross struck out six of the first nine batters he faced. He didn't allow a ball out of the infield until Trevor Crowe flied to center with one out in the fourth.
A former second-round draft pick of the Athletics, Ross threw only 61 pitches before Lucas' single in the sixth. Then, after Long's RBI triple, he retired 10 of the final 13 batters he faced.
Lucas ended up with two of Salt Lake's four hits.
Asked if the loss of Wells, Iannetta and Romine on the same day contributed to the Bees' lack of offense, Johnson shrugged.
"It's just one of those things," he said. "You have to deal with it. You have to roll with the punches. You have to separate the good and roll with the bad."
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Storylines Salt Lake struggles
R Sacramento scores a 7-2 Pacific Coast League win over Salt Lake and improves its record to 64-43.
• The Bees manage only four hits off River Cats pitcher Tyson Ross, who strikes out eight.
• Ross retires the first 17 batters he faces before Ed Lucas breaks up the perfect game in the sixth.