SALT LAKE CITY – For the second consecutive night the Salt Lake Bees made a ninth inning comeback but fell a run short as the Reno Aces prevailed 8-7 on Friday night at Smith’s Ballpark.
The two teams combined for seven home runs on the night with Jo Adell launching his first Triple-A homer in the first inning to give the Bees an early 1-0 lead. Reno would score the next six runs, coming on five home runs all off Salt Lake starter Dillon Peters. The Bees would cut the deficit back to a single run with a four-run sixth inning with scores coming on a Kean Wong RBI single and a Brennon Lund three-run homer. The Bees trailed by two again going into the ninth before Luis Rengifo doubled and later scored on a Matt Thaiss single, but Thaiss was left stranded as the game-tying run.
Adell, Wong, Lund and Francisco Arcia each collected two hits for Salt Lake. The Bees bullpen combined for four and one-third innings giving up two unearned runs. Torii Hunter Jr., son of former Salt Lake Buzz and MLB star Torii Hunter, made his Bees debut as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning becoming the first father-son combo to appear for the team in franchise history.
The Bees and Aces will meet for game three of the six-game series on Saturday night with first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m.