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Farm Report: Bees Walk It Off In Home Finale

Salt Lake’s last home game went a bit better than the big league club’s did.

Reid Detmers returned to the mound for the Bees’ home finale on Monday
Brent Asay/Salt Lake Bees

The return of top prospect Reid Detmers to the mound as well as some late-inning dramatics from Salt Lake highlighted the only game on the ledger in today’s Farm Report.

Player of the Day

Brendon Davis has quietly been putting together an excellent season down in the minors this year, and on Monday, he had perhaps his best game since making the jump to AAA back in late August. Davis went 3-5 in the Bees 6-5 win over the Sacramento River Cats, including his 28th home run of the season in the 4th inning and the game-winning base hit in the bottom of the 11th.

Davis’s great game on Monday raised his slash line while in Salt Lake to an incredible .333/.412/.610 mark in 28 games. He joined the Angels organization last December during the minor-league portion of the Rule 5 Draft, and he has absolutely lit the minors on fire ever since then, rising three levels while excelling with the bat at all of them.

Triple-A Salt Lake

Monday marked the last home game of the year for the Bees, and they made sure to give the fans quite the show in the finale. The opening act of this show was top prospect Reid Detmers, who returned to the mound for the first time since August 21 after missing more than a month due to a positive COVID diagnosis. The 2020 first rounder looked decent enough in his first game back, going two full innings plus one batter in the third while giving up a run on four hits and striking out two. Some rust was to be expected for Detmers after such a long absence, but it was overall a solid outing for him.

The Bees got Detmers some early runs to play with as well, striking first in the opening frame on a two-run home run off the bat of Mitch Walding. This was the latest in what has been a torrid stretch for Walding at the plate recently, as Monday marked his third straight multi-hit game and his fifth home run in his last nine games.

Walding’s dinger gave the Bees the early lead, but they would lose it three innings later when the River Cats got things going against new pitcher Davis Daniel in the fourth. Top prospect Heliot Ramos greeted Daniel with a leadoff base hit, and two batters later, new acquisition Ka’ai Tom tied things up with an infield base hit. Two batters after that, Ricardo Genoves gave Sacramento the lead with a two-out double that brought home Tom from first base.

The Bees fought back from here, though, as Davis’s two-run home run in the bottom half of the inning gave Salt Lake the lead right back. They would extend this lead in the sixth, with Davis again coming through with a clutch base hit to bring the score up to 5-3 in favor of the Bees.

The River Cats wouldn’t go away from here, however. They got one of those runs back immediately following Davis’s RBI base hit via a solo home run by Mauricio Dubon in the seventh, and in the ninth, they rallied for three singles off of reliever Tim Peterson to tie things back up at 5. The 10th inning saw both teams strand their opponents’ free runner at second base to keep things knotted up, and in the top half of the 11th, the Bees held serve again via a very unconventional 5-2-6 double play. This set things up for them to win it in the bottom of the inning, and it was Davis once again who came through in the clutch and sent the Salt Lake fans home happy one last time in 2021.

Scoreboard

Salt Lake 6, Sacramento 5

Remaining Schedule

Wednesday, 7:05 PM PST: Salt Lake Bees (TBD) @ Tacoma Rainiers (TBD)

Thursday, 7:05 PM PST: Salt Lake Bees (TBD) @ Tacoma Rainiers (TBD)