Starters Keep It Close As Bees Edge Sox 3-2

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Jungmann’s Best Start of 2015 Not Enough As Sky Sox Fall Late

 

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — Colorado Springs would come up just short of a gritty comeback victory as the Sox fell in a one run, 3-2 contest to the Bees before a crowd of 5,551 at Smith’s Ballpark in Salt Lake on Saturday Night.

Sox starter Taylor Jungmann (1-2, 6.90) would match frames with Bees starter, and highly-touted Angels pitching prospect, Andrew Heaney through seven innings of work. The right-handed Jungmann would finish the day with seven innings under his belt, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits and one walk while striking out seven Bees hitters.

Heaney’s similar night would end with the left-hander tossing 7.1 innings of two-run ball, giving up seven hits and striking out six.

Jungmann’s biggest challenge came in the home second as, having already recorded two quick outs, the Bees strung together three consecutive hits to score two early runs.

The Sox would score their first run in the top of the fourth inning on a Matt Clark RBI single, plating Yadiel Rivera to cut the Salt Lake lead in half at 2-1. Colorado Springs’ offense would tack on another run to tie the ballgame with a Scooter Gennett groundout that allowed Loan Schafer to score from third in the top of the sixth.

Working into the eighth inning for the first time this year, Jungmann would give up a leadoff double to Alfredo Marte to start the frame before being pulled in favor of David Goforth having thrown just 86 pitches. Goforth allowed Marte to score the game’s go-ahead run thanks to his own throwing error on Ryan Jackson’s sacrifice bunt. The right-hander would work out of the inning to avoid further trouble, striking out two along the way.

The damage would be done however as Salt Lake righty Jeremy McBryde (1-0, 3.48) would stay on the mound in the ninth after taking over with one out and two on in the eighth to work Heaney of the Sox last offensive threat of the game. He would shut the door on the Colorado Springs offense and secure a tight 3-2 win for the Bees with a 1-2-3 ninth.

The Sox offense collected seven total hits, matching the Bees, as Clark, Schafer and Marte were the game’s only multi-hit performers.

Colorado Springs wraps up their four-game series against the Bees tomorrow afternoon in Salt Lake. Tyler Thornburg (0-1, 3.70) looks to lead his team to a series-split against Bess right-hander Zach Stewart (1-2, 4.21) with first pitch slated for 1:05 PM MDT at Smith’s Ballpark.

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