Bees leave Rainiers on the twelve-round Pioneer Day extravaganza
July 25, 2022 – Pacific Coast League (PCL) – Salt Lake Bees Press Release
The Salt Lake Bees beat the Tacoma Rainiers 5-3 Sunday night in twelve innings. It was their longest game played this season in terms of innings played and it was also the third time in franchise history that Salt Lake had won in a walk-off on Pioneer Day. With the win, the Bees ended up taking two of Rainiers’ three and winning their second straight series.
Kean Wong provided the fireworks by hitting the game-winning two-run double late in the twelfth. Jake Gatewood hit the tying two-run home run late in the ninth inning to give Salt Lake the opportunity to win in extra innings.
David MacKinnon was three times short on hits for the cycle, going 3-for-5 with a solo home run. In his first game with Salt Lake, he extended his on-base streak to 28, dating back to May 17. Monte Harrison went 2-for-3 giving up four hits in his first two games with the Bees and Jose Rojas. extended the longest active hitting streak in the PCL to 13 games. Touki Toussaint started the game on the mound for Salt Lake and put together his best outing as a bee. The veteran went 4.1 innings and allowed an unearned run on a hit while striking out three batters.
MacKinnon had his solo shot in the third inning, breaking a scoreless tie. It was his 14th home run of the season and his second straight game with a blast, despite having 38 days between home runs.
Tacoma tied the game in the fifth and then took a 2-1 lead in the sixth. They would add one more run in the ninth and look set to head back to Washington with the win.
Harrison opened the bottom of the ninth with a double and the next batter was Gatewood who hit a moonshot to tie the game and keep the Bees alive.
Neither team could bring a runner until the 12th inning when Tacoma took a 4-3 lead, bringing the Bees back to their last three outs once again. David Fletcher opened the inning with a single and Jose Rojas walked to charge the bases. Wong drilled the second pitch he saw over Jarred Kelenic’s head in center field and gave Salt Lake the 5-4 win.
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