Bees lose holiday magic, fall to Tacoma 4-0

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

Salt Lake Bees coach Nathan Maldonado (10) stretches to catch a ball as the Salt Lake Bees fall 4-0 to the Tacoma Rainiers at Smith’s Ballpark in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, May 30, 2017.

SALT LAKE CITY — Following a victorious Memorial Day showdown against the Tacoma Rainiers, 4,333 fans piled into Smith’s Ballpark with hopes of keeping their holiday celebrations going. Those hopes were quickly dashed Tuesday afternoon as the Rainiers, led by starting pitcher Andrew Moore who was absolutely dominant on the mound, defeated the Bees 4-0.

Moore pitched eight shutout innings of four-hit baseball, to go along with three strikeouts. The Rainiers’ attack was led by D.J. Peterson, whose fourth inning blast over the left field fence gave Moore all the run support he needed.

Tyler Smith added an RBI double in fifth for good measure.

“It’s frustrating,” Bees manager Keith Johnson said. “At the same time, it is good to see our guys come out and battle. Our pitchers came out and did a great job for us. (Tacoma) had that one hit in their big inning, but for the most part (Daniel Wright, Brooks Pounders and Drew Gagnon) did a great job of minimizing damage and putting up zeros for us.”

OH SO CLOSE: Tuesday’s loss to the Rainiers did more than just deny the Bees a series victory, it closed the door on a shot at history. Coming into said contest, Salt Lake was a win away from recording back-to-back winning months, which…

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