SALT LAKE CITY — Despite the Bees 22-8 loss Wednesday afternoon, Paul McAnulty slugged his second home run in two games against the visiting Sky Sox. The slugger also made his first career appearance on the mound in the top of the ninth, giving up one hit and forcing a double play to end the inning.
"That was the debut of my pitching, and I think it might be my last," joked McAnulty.
The Bees sifted through six other pitchers before calling on the designated hitter, and after the game McAnulty made clear his respect for the Salt Lake pitchers.
"Whatever, you know, the pitching staff needed a little pick-me-up today," said McAnulty. "They go out and battle every single day, and sometimes it goes our way sometimes it doesn't."
A California Native, McAnulty has been a member of the Angels squad after being signed as a free agent in 2010. During that season, McAnulty played in nine games for the Halos, hitting just .136 including a home run in his first game with the Angels organization.
Salt Lake were blessed to have the infielder for the entire 2011 season, as McAnulty contributed a career-high 41 doubles, 19 home runs and 79 RBIs with a .311 hitting average.
So far this season, McAnulty is hitting .257 with 28 RBIs and seven home runs, five of those in the month of May. The 31 year old credited his coaching staff for his success and understanding of the game.
"I've been in this game a long time, and I'm still learning from them everyday," acknowledged McAnutly. "I thoroughly enjoy having them as my coaching staff."
Growing up in Southern California, McAnulty naturally favored the L.A. Dodgers as a kid. Watching Mike Scioscia was part of that love for the Dodgers, and now with the Angels McAnulty couldn't be happier the way things turned out.
"The Angels are a class act organization, so it's a true honor."
NOTEBOOK: Cory Aldridge slugged a three-run HR in the Wednesday afternoon game. Aldridge now has four home runs for the Bees since being acquired on May 22nd. ... Colorado Springs managed to have every player score a run, record a hit and an RBI in the blowout victory over the Bees. The last time Salt Lake gave up 20 runs in a game was on July 23, 2006 in a 28-5 loss to Tucson.
STOLEN GOODS: Salt Lake second baseman Matt Long managed to steal a base, bringing the Bees to 56 on the season. That is third in the PCL behind Reno and Las Vegas.
DOUBLE TROUBLE: After turning three double plays in Wednesday's game, the Bees now sit in second place in the PCL with 57.
ATTENDANCE: 4,180 enjoyed an afternoon of America's pastime with temperatures in the high 70's.