SALT LAKE CITY— Hank Conger continued his hitting streak Friday night, finishing the night 1-for-5 with a walk-off single that scored Doug Deeds for the 6-5 victory. Conger has now hit safely in all 15 games he has played in this season.
"It's huge to get some key cogs in the wheel back in place," said Bees manager Keith Johnson referring to the addition of Conger and Andrew Romine this week.
The catcher was a big spark during the month of April for Salt Lake, with a .325 batting average with 13 hits, three doubles and three RBIs. Things took a bad turn when Conger was put on the disabled list April 23rd with a right elbow sprain, and the streaking hitter was sent to Arizona for rehabilitation.
"I was down there for about a month plus a week, and then just rested it for the first two-weeks before starting a throwing progression," said Conger
Thursday night marked the return for Conger, who went 1-for-4 with an RBI and was able to keep a 13-game hit streak alive after the rehab assignment. Conger had let the hitting streak slip his mind during the rehab, but insisted that he was absolutely ready in his first at-bat.
"The most encouraging thing was that I actually felt pretty comfortable," admitted Friday night's designated hitter about stepping up to the plate. "It's tough when you play extended games in Arizona, and then come back here and it's a little different atmosphere."
Conger arrives just as this Bees squad is trying to really find itself under the direction of manager Keith Johnson. With a handful of call-ups, the manager has been stretched thin but has been able to keep his guys from any sort of dramatic slide.
"Baseball season is long, you know, it's tough to have everything going good all at once," acknowledged Conger. "We just need to constantly compete, and try and grind it out here."
NOTEBOOK: The Bees controlled the game early, but gave up the big inning and allowed four Sky Sox runs in the sixth … Salt Lake also turned a double play Friday night, and now have 36 on the season … Colorado Springs had three pitchers hit the showers early due to injuries during the game.
GRAND THEFT: Luis Jimenez, Cory Aldridge and Doug Deeds all stole a base Friday. As a team the Bees now have 60 stolen bases, which is second most in the PCL behind Reno.
ATTENDANCE: With temperatures in the mid 80's, 7,545 fans packed Spring Mobile Ballpark to watch the home team defeat the Sky Sox.