The Bees made a valiant effort to come back, but were never able to get closer than two runs after starter Daniel Davidson was shelled by Tucson for over the first two innings, bowing out of the Pacific Coast League playoffs with a 10-8 loss to drop their first-round series three games to one.
Lefty Davidson joined Salt Lake from Arkansas after Joe Saunders moved up to the major leagues for good in August. Despite his 5.79 ERA in four starts at Triple-A, the Bees turned to him with their playoff hopes on the line.
Things opened poorly for the 25-year-old when the first two Tucson hitters pounded doubles to open the game. A walk and a single drove three runs across the plate in all in the first.
In the second, Davidson allowed another leadoff double. After inducing a ground out, he surrendered a walk and two singles before leaving with the bases loaded.
Fellow late-season addition Rich Thompson, who struggled throughout the year, came on and got a pop out, but then a walk and three straight hits - including two more doubles - pushed seven runs across the plate and the game out of reach.
The Bees got a solo shot from Dallas McPherson to open the bottom half of the inning and an RBI double from Nathan Hayes in the third, then made it interesting in the fifth.
With one out and Tommy Murphy on second, Dallas McPherson tripled then came around when Nick Gorneault singled to third base. After a fly out from Jason Aspito, Casey Smith singled and Ryan Budde followed with a three-run blast to left to pull to within three runs.
In the sixth, Kendry Morales hit an opposite-field homer with one out to close the gap further, but the Bees wouldn't manage another hit in the contest.
Overall, Salt Lake hit just .221 in four playoff games. Dallas McPherson had two of the team's five homers and collecte four of the 14 extra-base hits. Adam Pavkovich was 6-for-13 while Mike Eylward went 6-for-14, the only two Bees hitters who finished the series above a .222 batting average.
Orem rained out
A night after losing the series opener in Idaho Falls, the Owlz were rained out at home Saturday. The second game of the series will now be played on Sunday at 2:05 P.M. If Orem can get a win behind David Herndon's pitching, game three will be played immediately thereafter. Trevor Bell would pitch the deciding game if it required.