Sky Sox pound Bees 8-2

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The Sky Sox celebrated an 8-2 victory over the Salt Lake Bees in patriotic fashion as 8,768 fans watched a spectacular fireworks at Security Service Field after the game.

The 8,768 fans are the most fans the Sky Sox have seen all season at a single game, and it is the seventh largest regular season crowd in Sky Sox history.

The Sox got things rolling in the second inning when center fielder Chris Frey drove in Mark Bellhorn to give the Sox an early 1-0 lead. The Bees didn’t wait long to answer as they scored two in the third, both runs coming off RBI doubles by right fielder Terry Evans and short stop Bobby Wilson giving the Bees an 2-1 advantage.

Not to be outdone, the Sky Sox had an answer of their own in the bottom of the third as they reclaimed the lead when Matt Murton and Kenny Perez recorded back to back RBI groundouts off Bees starter Shane Loux (0-2), putting the Sox ahead 3-2.

Sky Sox starter Greg Smith pitched well giving up only two runs off six hits with three strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings of work. His Bullpen did even better, however, as the four relievers combined to hold the Bees scoreless for the rest of the game. Scott Munter (3-2) picked up the win for the Sox as he was the one to relieve Smith in the fifth. Munter threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings giving up two hits and striking out two.

Although the Bees wouldn’t score another run, the Sky Sox sure would. The Sox rattled off two more in the fourth as Eric Young Jr. slapped a two-run single to center, extending the Sox lead to 5-2. The Sox weren’t finished yet, as they would add three more in the eighth for good measure giving them the victory 8-2 over the Bees.

The Sky Sox take the series from the Bees two games to one and travel to Portland where they will face the Portland Beavers tomorrow night. The game is set to have a 7:05 PM PT start and will feature right-hander Alan Johnson (7-3, 5.87) of the Sox versus righty Matt Buschmann (3-8, 6.27) of the Beavers.