Salt Lake Bees coast after building early lead

Published: Thursday, July 5 2012 11:08 p.m. MDT

Salt Lake Bees fielder Adam Heether runs down Tacoma base runner Carlos Truinfel in Salt Lake City Thursday, July 5, 2012.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY— The Bees were still feeling it after a five-run rally wasn't enough to win on Independence Day. All nine players in the starting lineup managed to get a hit en route to the 9-5 victory Thursday night.

"Obviously when you can jump on a team early and put up some runs, it's a good thing," said Bees manager Keith Johnson.

Matt Long had a pair of hits with an RBI and was pleased with the all-around effort to pick up the victory.

"We've been swinging the bat well, so it's nice to get another win, and hopefully we can just take this five-game series going into the All-Star break," noted Long.

The 24-year-old earned the promotion to Triple-A on May 4, and is seeing the ball well with a batting average of .244 with 20 RBIs in a Bees uniform.

Long hasn't yet been called-up by the Angels, but understands what he needs to do in order to simply be noticed.

"Just to contribute," said Long. "It's all you can ask for to help the team win."

Long extended his current hitting streak to eight games, his longest of the season, but more importantly Long ended the his homerless streak on July 4 after 129 at bats.

"It's been a while since I hit one, but it's just hit-by-hit, so I ran into one and it's always fun to hit one and run around the bases," admitted the shortstop.

NOTEBOOK: Robinson Diaz finished the game 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs and a double. Luis Jimenez also finished with a pair of RBIs, and was 1-for-4 on the night.

PICK OFF: Starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker picked off Mike Carp on first base in Thursday night's game. Shoemaker now leads the staff with seven picks this season.

HOMEBREW:Paul McAnulty and Efren Navarro extended the home run streak at Spring Mobile Ballpark to seven games, after slugging back-to-back homers.

ANGEL WATCH: Mike Trout had another stolen base in the Angels game versus Baltimore. That is 24 robs this season, and Trout sits atop the American League leaders in bases stolen.

ATTENDANCE: A small crowd of 4,594 braved what could have been a wet night at Spring Mobile Ballpark on Thursday.

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Bees manager Keith Johnson's take: "Even though we had a big lead early, we still had to get that one insurance run late."

Record: 44-44

Up next: vs. Tacoma, today, 7:05 p.m. Rainiers LHP Steve Garrison (0-1, 10.80 ERA) vs. Bees RHP Jerome Williams (0-1, 22.50 ERA

Next homestand: Today-Sunday vs. Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners).

email: cjohnson@desnews.com

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