SALT LAKE CITY— June has been one to remember for Salt Lake outfielder Doug Deeds. Monday night capped off an incredible run for the 31 year old, when Deeds smacked a double to record the 1,000th hit in his minor league career.
"I am real proud of it, and the reality of it is there's probably only one ball that would take its place, but right now it's a big deal to me," noted Deeds postgame.
Deeds also smacked a home run in the Bees' 10-4 victory, and now is just five homers away from number career number 100. Through eight games this month, the Ohio native has 13 hits, a pair of doubles and home runs, six RBIs and three stolen bases.
In his first season with Salt Lake, Deeds has amassed 40 hits in 44 games — just a fraction of the milestone — but was ecstatic to reach the mark with the Bees organization.
"This is one of the great places to play baseball, and looking back it's not a huge deal but it is real nice to come home with a Bees uniform and do it in front of the home crowd."
Salt Lake manager Keith Johnson credited Deeds with being a leader in the clubhouse and someone who is a pro that can help his teammates improve.
"(Deeds) is a guy who goes out and plays the game hard, plays the game the right way and if someone is slacking in the clubhouse or with their effort he is another voice other than mine to remind the guys how to go about their business."
NOTEBOOK: Andrew Romine got back on the right track Monday night by going 3-for-5 with two RBIs and a triple. Romine had just one hit on 12 at-bats in the previous series. It was the first multiple-hit game for Romine since a May 31st clash with Colorado Springs. Cory Aldridge nearly lifted his seventh home run out of the park, but the centerfield wall had other plans. Paul McAnulty finished the game 2-for-5 with a double, a triple and a pair of RBIs.
BASE THIEF: Andrew Romine stole second base last night, and now has 16 on the season. That puts him in sixth place in the PCL. As a team, Salt Lake is in second place in the PCL with 60 bases nabbed.
TROUT WATCH: Former Bees slugger Mike Trout continued to make a name for himself in MLB, joining fellow Angel Torii Hunter as American League Co-Players of the week. In nine June games, Trout has 19 hits, and totaled a .500 batting average. This is his first career Player of the Week award. The Angels are 26-15 since his promotion.
ATTENDANCE: A solid 8,306 fans enjoyed a night of baseball.