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The Salt Lake Bees let one inning cost them a game in a 6-4 loss to the Sacramento River Cats on Friday night in front of an announced 11,918 in Smith's Ballpark. The loss evened the series at one win apiece. Sacramento (36-55) scored six runs in the fourth inning on three hits, two walks, three errors and a sacrifice fly to break open what had been a scoreless game up until that point.
Bees outfielder Shane Robinson went 2 for 5 and now has 14 multi-hit performances in his last 18 games. Robinson, who is batting .340, is just one of the red-hot hitting outfielders for the Bees (51-41), who'll add Eric Young Jr. from the majors in the next couple days to a group that already includes Cesar Puello (.393 batting average and 26 RBIs in 30 games with Salt Lake) and Ramon Flores (.314 average, 46 RBIs).
Turning Point • Sacramento's six-run fourth inning provided all the scoring for the visitors, and it turned out to be all they needed. Five of the runs were unearned as Bees' miscues extended the inning.
Bees MVP • Jefry Marte went 2 for 4 with two doubles, two RBIs and one run scored.
Hidden Hero • The bullpen contingent of Brooks Pounders, Jason Gurka, Damien Magnifico and Justin Miller combined for 51⁄3 scoreless innings to keep the Bees in the game after they'd fallen behind 6-0.
Flashing Leather • With one out in the fifth, second baseman Kaleb Cowart used his bare hand to scoop up a ground ball that slowed as it dribbled over the mound and uncorked an off-balance throw to first in time to get the runner.
Angel Angle • Reigning AL MVP Mike Trout rejoined the Angels lineup on Friday night. The Angels official activated him from the disabled list on Friday. Right-handed relief pitcher Mike Morin got optioned to Salt Lake, while left-handed reliever Jose Alvarez got recalled from Salt Lake to the majors.
What's next • The Bees host Sacramento on Saturday night first pitch scheduled for 7:05 and will wear special jerseys for Salt Lake Angels Night as the franchise celebrates 17 years as the Angels' affiliate as well as the 15th anniversary of the Angels 2002 World Series championship.
American North W L Pct. GB
Colo. Springs (Brewers) 55 34 .618
Okla. City (Dodgers) 49 41 .544 6½
Iowa (Cubs) 42 48 .467 13½
Omaha (Royals) 41 49 .456 14½
American South W L Pct. GB
Memphis (Cardinals) 58 33 .637
Nashville (Athletics) 43 49 .467 15½
Round Rock (Rangers) 41 51 .446 17½
New Orleans (Marlins) 36 55 .396 22
Pacific North W L Pct. GB
Reno (Diamondbacks) 55 36 .604
Fresno (Astros) 50 41 .549 5
Tacoma (Mariners) 46 44 .511 8½
Sacramento (Giants) 36 55 .396 19
Pacific South W L Pct. GB
Salt Lake (Angels) 50 42 .543
Albuquerque (Rockies) 45 45 .500 4
El Paso (Padres) 44 47 .484 5½
Las Vegas (Mets) 35 56 .385 14½
Omaha 4, Nashville 3
Memphis 2, Round Rock 1
Iowa at Colorado Springs, ppd.
Sacramento 6, Salt Lake 4 New Orleans at Oklahoma City, late
Albuquerque at Las Vegas, late
El Paso at Reno, late
Fresno at Tacoma, late
Round Rock at Memphis, 5:35 p.m.
Iowa at Colorado Springs, 6 p.m.
Nashville at Omaha, 6:05 p.m.
New Orleans at Oklahoma City, 6:05 p.m.
Sacramento at Salt Lake, 7:05 p.m.
Albuquerque at Las Vegas, 8:05 p.m.
El Paso at Reno, 8:05 p.m.
Fresno at Tacoma, 8:05 p.m.