It was a quiet night on the farm last night with the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees taking the field against the Reno Aces for a doubleheader that left the Bees stranded in the field with a pair of matching losses.
Player of the Day
Luis Rengifo who was optioned to the Salt Lake Bees at the beginning of August gave the team a fighting chance at a victory in their first game with his 8th home run of the season. The 2-run HR put the Bees on the scoreboard, marking the only runs that the Bees scored during both of their games against the Reno Aces last night.
Triple-A Salt Lake
Triple-A kicked off their first game with cold bats and a bullpen that couldn’t protect the scoreboard for long. Originally drafted in 2013 by the Cleveland Guardians, Thomas Pannone (8.10 ERA) led the bullpen for 4.1 innings, giving up 6 H, 3 R, 1 BB and 4 SO. And when Pannone passed it off to Ben Rowan (13.06 ERA), whose last appearance on the mound was on May 4th, Rowen gave up 3 runs, cementing the Aces 6-2 lead.
Unfortunately for the Bees bullpen, the bats never woke up, and the team was left with only 2 runs on the scoreboard from shortstop Luis Rengifo who hit a 2-run HR that scored left fielder Gavin Cecchini — a round 1 draft pick for the New York Mets in 2012. After his 8th home run of the season, Rengifo walked away from this game with an impressive .330 batting average and .393 OBP.
Along with the strength of the Aces offense, their bullpen was single handedly held down by Humberto Castellanos (5.05 ERA) who pitched the entire game and walked away with 4 H, 2 R, 1 HR, 11 SO and 0 BB after 7 innings on the mound.
The game ended with the score of 6-2 before the Bees headed into round two with a loss on their shoulder.
AAA Salt Lake lost game 2 of their doubleheader, 2-0.— Angels MiLB (@AngelsMiLB) August 24, 2021
Michael Stefanic: 0-1, 2 BB’s.
Jose Rojas: 1-3.
Scott Schebler: 1-3.
Taylor Ahearn: 4 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K’s.
Oliver Ortega: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB. 3 K’s.
Tim Peterson: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.
The second game of the night was a makeup match from August 21, but despite a second chance at a victory against Reno on Monday night, the Bees fell once again to the control of the Aces defense as they walked away from the field without scoring any runs.
But, the bullpen did find a better rhythm the second time around as they kept the Aces runs down to 2, successfully leaving 9 runners on base. Taylor Ahearn (5.13 ERA) pitched 4 innings and allowed the only 2 runs on the scoreboard before he handed the game off to Oliver Ortega (5.75 ERA) and Tim Peterson (4.15 ERA) who kept the game at 2-0 for the remainder of the night.
Unfortunately, the offense did not pick up the pace, and 4 runners were LOB, sealing the fate of a winless Monday evening.
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