Let’s Play Two: Salt Lake Bees To Open Season With Saturday Doubleheader

Apr 1, 2023, 9:21 AM | Updated: 10:20 am

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Smith's Ballpark home plate entrance. March 31, 2023

SALT LAKE CITY – 22-year-old Chase Silseth was scheduled to throw the first pitch of the 2023 minor league season. Despite a valiant effort by the Salt Lake Bees ground crew, Opening Day was delayed for one afternoon, forcing a Saturday doubleheader to open the season.

The Bees will host the Sacramento River Cats for two seven-inning games at Smith’s Ballpark on Saturday, April 1.

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The clean slate of Opening Day had to wait for the Bees, but in his third stint as Bees manager, Keith Johnson looks for Salt Lake getting off to a fast start.

“It’s a fresh start. Obviously, with us having halves this year, it’s going to add a little bit more of a sense of urgency to win. A lot of guys made adjustments over the offseason and trying to get them get them going, get them off to a hot starts. Hopefully continue to see them progress. Hopefully have some guys that I send up to the big leagues for the first time and also some guys I send up there that don’t ever come back again.”

Game One Expected Starters

Chase Silseth (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Tristan Beck (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Silseth takes the ball for Salt Lake, starting his first professional Opening Day. Last season Silseth was dynamic for the Double-A Rocket City Trash Pandas, going undefeated with a 7-0 record and 2.28 ERA in 15 starts. On May 13, Silseth threw six shutout innings against the Oakland Athletics in his Major League debut. He went 1-3 with a 6.59 earned run average in seven big league starts. He worked 111.2 innings last season.

Beck made three starts at the Double-A level in 2022 before being promoted to Sacramento where he finished the season. He finished the year with a 5.25 ERA and a 5-9 won/loss record.


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Game Two Expected Starters

Jake Kalish (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

To Be Determined (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

In his first season with the Bees in 2022, Kalish earned PCL Pitcher of the Month honors in May. He was named a PCL Post-Season All-Star after finishing the season with a 10-2 record and 2.87 earned run average in 11 starts and 23 appearances overall.

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After having Opening Day snowed out, the Bees are scheduled to open the 2023 campaign with a seven-inning doubleheader against the Sacramento River Cats beginning on Saturday, April 1. First1:05 pm pitch for game one is scheduled for 12:05 p.m. (MT).

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Let’s Play Two: Salt Lake Bees To Open Season With Saturday Doubleheader