SALT LAKE BEES

Bees Bullets: Keith Johnson Becomes Franchise All-Time Wins Leader

Apr 7, 2023, 9:13 AM | Updated: 10:06 am

SALT LAKE CITY – Keith Johnson sets a milestone while Jo Adell homers in three straight games to get the Salt Lake Bees first road trip of 2023 started right.

In his third stint as manager of the Bees, Johnson picked up his 472nd win, surpassing Phil Roof for the most in franchise history.

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Salt Lake’s eight home runs are the fifth most in the PCL with Jo Adell’s three bombs tying for the second most in the league.

The Bees enter the weekend with a 4-2 record, trailing only Los Angeles Dodgers affiliate Oklahoma City (5-1).

Chase Silseth (1-0, 0.00 ERA) is expected to start for Salt Lake tonight facing Jeff Criswell (1-0, 0.00 ERA). Silseth started on Opening Day for the Bees last week. In his first Triple-A appearance, Silseth threw five scoreless innings while striking out six and walking one.

Game One

Albuquerque completed their comeback from a 5-1 deficit, scoring six runs unanswered runs and dropping the Bees to .500 with a 7-5 loss.

Jo Adell’s first home run of the year gave Salt Lake a 2-0 lead two batters into the game.

Three innings later, Kevin Padlo gave Salt Lake a 3-0 lead with his first homer in a Bees uniform. Albuquerque answered with a run in the bottom half to make it 3-1.

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Trey Cabbage joined the home run parade in the seventh, depositing a baseball 450 feet away for his first long ball of the season. Later in the frame, Chad Wallach picked up his third run batted in with a sac fly that scored Taylor Jones from third and gave Salt Lake a 5-1 lead.

Albuquerque exploded for four runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie the score. Brenton Doyle hit a two-run home run and Michael Toglia scored two with a triple to right. All four runs came off of Aaron Hernandez in his second appearance with the Bees.

Nolan Jones finished the comeback with a game-winning two-RBI double off Jacob Webb (0-1). Fernando Abad (1-0) got the win with Nick Mears locking down his first save in the ninth.

The Bees were limited to four hits in the game, all of the extra-base variety. Taylor Jones added a double to go along with the team’s three home runs.

Game Two

The Bees improved to 3-2 with a come from behind 4-2 road win on Wednesday night,

The Isotopes held a 2-0 lead after two innings that Jo Adell cut in half with his second homer of the year in the third.

Trey Cabbage’s first triple in the sixth evened the score at two.

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Adell struck again in the seventh with a double to center that scored Livan Soto, giving Salt Lake a 3-2 lead. Two innings later, another former top MLB prospect Mickey Moniak gave the Bees all the insurance they would need with a single that brought home Andrew Velazquez.

César Valdez (1-0) got his first win with 2.1 innings of hitless baseball in relief. Chris Devenski (0-1) took the loss while Justin Garza (2) nailed down his second save of the season, needing just four pitches to retire the Isotopes in the ninth,

Game Three

Make that three straight games with a homer for Jo Adell as the former top prospect is getting hot. Kevin Padlo gave the Bees a late lead with a pinch-hit home run and sealed the 6-5 win with a defensive gem.

Adell’s third home run, tied for the second most in Triple-A this season, scored Livan Soto and gave the Bees a 2-1 third inning lead. Albuquerque retook the lead on a pair of extra-base hits off of starter Jake Kalish in the bottom half of the inning.

In the fifth inning, Taylor Jones singled, scoring Mickey Moniak to give Salt Lake a 4-3 lead.

The Isotopes scored runs in the sixth and seventh innings to take the lead and set the stage for Padlo’s dramatics.

Jones walked to lead off the inning followed by a Jordyn Adams strikeout that brought Trey Cabbage’s spot in the order to the plate. Bees manager Keith Johnson tabbed righthanded Padlo off the bench to match up with lefty pitcher Fernando Abad.

Padlo cranked the first pitch he saw from Abad over the left field fence to give Salt Lake a 6-5 lead. Padlo stayed in the game defensively and sealed the win with an unassisted double play to clinch the victory.

Zack Weiss (1-0) got the win, giving up a run on a pair of hits. Abad (1-1) took the loss for Albuquerque with Austin Warren getting the final six outs for his first save of the year.

Angels, Bees & Baseball Miscellany

  • Before opening a series in Seattle, Shohei Ohtani showed his respect for Japanese baseball legend Ichiro Suzuki.

  • Then he RUDELY did this, for the second straight night. Both blasts traveled 430+ feet.

  • Another one bites the dust. San Diego Padres Manny Machado retired on an automatic strike three call. Machado is not pleased with the call and gets ejected. Who’s side are you on?

  • Don’t run on, checks notes… Daulton Varsho?

Walk-off Magic

  • Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Garrett Mitchell walked off the New York Mets, completing the sweep with a solo home run. Listen to Mitchell’s unexpected source of inspiration for the homer.

  • He homered earlier in the game but Orlando Arcia wasn’t finished. Here he is walking off the San Diego Padres on Thursday night.

Up Next

Salt Lake plays three more games against the Isotopes. After finishing the series with Albuquerque on April 9, the Bees travel to Las Vegas where they take on the Aviators April 11-16.

Listen to ‘Voice of the Bees’ Steve Klauke on KSL Sports Zone. All Salt Lake Bees games are featured on the KSL Sports app. Purchase tickets to see the Bees play at slbees.com.

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