SALT LAKE CITY — It didn't take long for Kole Calhoun to pick up from where he left off in Sunday's rally at Spring Mobile Ballpark. The outfielder slugged a home run over the left-field fence in his first at bat to spark the Bees in a 9-3 victory Monday night.
"It's nice to help the team win, we have been struggling a lot lately and getting back in the wining column is always big," said Calhoun.
The 25-year-old finished the game 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and the HR. Calhoun currently leads the team with eight home runs, but the achievement is just another blip on the radar.
"It's just a stat," said Calhoun. "I've always said I want to go out and win, so as long as we're getting wins that's the biggest thing."
Credit Doug Deeds, who has fulfilled his duties at the top of the batting lineup to fuel consecutive wins at home. Deeds is 5-for-12 in this series versus Reno, and has helped push the Bees within reach of winning their first series since sweeping Tacoma on the road earlier this month.
"Deeds has been perfect for the leadoff roll these past couple days," acknowledged Calhoun. "It's huge for that leadoff role to set up the rest of the game, and Deeds has been handling it well."
Bees manager Keith Johnson was glad to get the win, and to also get the opportunity to take the series at home. Johnson was critical about the notion of the one game at a time mentality, and that keeping a level head is what the season.
"All we did today was win one game, so tomorrow we've got to go out and try to do the same thing and win one game and not worry what's down the road," said the manager. "It's go out and prepare the best we can for tomorrow, and try our best to come out on the winning end like we did tonight."
NOTEBOOK: With a home run and a base hit, Calhoun picked up his team leading 25th multiple hit game of the season. Paul McAnulty shook off an 0-for-3 performance Sunday night with a 2-for-4 outing with an RBI Monday night.
GRAND THEFT: Calhoun also managed to steal second base in last nights win, and now has nine stolen bases on the season. Added to the team total, the Bees now have 74 robs on the season which is second in the PCL behind Reno.
ANGEL WATCH: Since the day Mike Trout arrived in Los Angeles, April 28th, the Halos own a major league best 34-19 record.
ATTENDANCE: President Thomas S. Monson was one of the 8,615 baseball fans in attendance. Although the leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints had the cooler temperatures of a suit, the 99-degree weather didn't stop the fans from coming out on family night to cheer the Bees to victory.