SALT LAKE CITY—Cory Aldridge has been on quite the journey since his most recent stint with the Bees in 2010. From Asia to Mexico and back to North America, Aldridge has seen the good and the bad sides of the baseball spectrum.
Tuesday night was a not-so-pretty night for the newly acquired talent, who went 1-for-4 with a strikeout despite a 7-3 victory that snapped Salt Lake's six-game losing streak.
The outfielder had a solid campaign in 2011 with the Nexen Heroes of the Korean League, hitting .237 with 20 doubles, 20 home runs and 73 RBIs in 112 games. Aldridge kept a positive light on the experience overseas, and was content to return after the start of the 2012 season didn't go as planned..
"I signed with Baltimore in spring training, and they had a situation where they pretty much let all of their free agents go," said Aldridge, "I don't really know what happened, but it wasn't a good situation."
Due to time constraints, things didn't pan out exactly how the seasoned veteran wanted with the Korean League, so Aldridge did the next best thing and headed south of the border for the Mexican League into a situation that was short-lived.
"I wanted to go back to Asia," he said, "so I figured my best bet was to go to Mexico and play there because I'm familiar with it, and just wait around until it opened up."
"I got with a team that I didn't really like. I was hitting .370, and my agent said if you can get out of your contract, you can come back to the states," said Aldridge.
The Texas native had his wish granted when the Angels picked up the free agent and optioned him to Salt Lake. Since then, Aldridge has been a positive force in the Bees' lineup and continues to live out the one goal of returning to the major leagues.
"If Asia turns up, okay, but right now I am focusing on going back to the big leagues and winning," he said.
NOTEBOOK: Paul McAnulty slugged his first home run since May 15 and gave the Bees their first lead of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning. Luis Jimenez went 3-for-3 with a pair of runs scored. Salt Lake managed to survive four errors in the victory.
BASE THIEVES: Alberto Rosario stole two bases Tuesday night, while Luis Jimenez added one steal to give the Bees 55 on the season. That is third-most in the PCL behind Las Vegas and Reno.
ATTENDANCE: A crowd of 4,288 baseball fans gathered to witness a solid Bees victory at Spring Mobile Ballpark.