At this time last season, Salt Lake starter Shane Loux was out of baseball.
"Lack of interest by other teams," said Loux, moments after throwing seven shutout innings and earning his third victory of the young season, 1-0, against visiting Las Vegas at cold Franklin Covey Field.
Near-freezing temperatures hampered both teams, which combined for eight hits. Second baseman Sean Rodriguez had two of the Bees (12-1) three hits, including a seventh-inning jolt of a Greg Jones fastball over the left field wall for the game's lone run.
"We were just hoping to get a run on the board," Rodriguez said. "It didn't help that both pitchers were throwing so well."
Las Vegas (6-7) starter Jon Meloan allowed one hit in six innings.
As for Loux, who has now thrown 14 straight scoreless innings, the motivation of being out of baseball - he was a high school coach last year - is paying big dividends. The situation was tough stuff to swallow for the former Detroit prospect.
"That's got to motivate someone as competitive as he is," Salt Lake manager Bobby Mitchell said.
Loux missed 2005 with Tommy John surgery and had a contract voided in 2007 by Seattle due to a "difference of opinion."
After that, no one called.
"I'm just trying to get through this year," Loux said. "The last three, I've just played one. Fortunately, I got a try out. The [Los Angeles] Angels gave me a month to get in shape."
Despite the cold, Loux, mixing his location and pitches, walked only two and struck out six.
"I didn't know what to think when I was warming up and saw snow," Loux said. "After the second inning, it was pretty nice, like any other game."
* Salt Lake wins its fourth straight as Shane Loux throws seven scoreless innings.