Salt Lake Bees: Several players contribute as Bees win 5th-straight game
SALT LAKE CITY — Kole Calhoun is getting back into the swing of things. The Salt Lake Bees outfielder, who broke a bone on his right hand in the season opener, has made steady progress since being activated May 19.
On Monday, the 25-year-old was named Pacific Coast League Player of the Week. Calhoun had hits in six of seven games while batting .407 with nine RBIs, seven runs scored, three stolen bases, two homers and a double. His efforts helped Salt Lake win four straight games.
“It’s awesome. That’s the first one I’ve won in all of pro ball. So that was pretty cool,” Calhoun said of the award. “Playing right now, the team is playing well and that’s the thing I’m most happy about. It’s fun to be in the locker room; it’s fun to be on the field. Everybody’s starting to come together.”
Although Calhoun didn’t contribute as mightily in his team's game later in the day Monday — though he did have a first-inning single — several of his teammates made up the difference as the Bees extended their victory streak to five with a 6-2 win over Colorado Springs at Spring Mobile Ballpark.
“It’s a team game,” Calhoun said. “It’s going to be somebody different every night. That’s what is special about this team. There’s a lot of guys who can go out and do it. It’s not just going to come down to one person.”
Facing Colorado Rockies left-hander Jeff Francis, here on a major league rehab assignment while recovering from a groin injury, it took Salt Lake a little while to get warmed up. After erasing an early 2-0 deficit, the Bees took the lead on an RBI groundout by Luis Jimenez in the third inning. They upped their advantage to 5-2 in the fourth when Roberto Lopez belted a two-run homer. Three innings later, Tommy Field tripled in another score — his second run-producing hit in the game.
Salt Lake pitchers Jarrett Grube, Rob Delaney and Ryan Brasier combined to throw eight straight shutout innings. Grube started and picked up the win, scattering five hits over six complete innings.
GAME NOTES: Calhoun’s award is Salt Lake’s first weekly PCL accolade of the year. The 2012 Triple-A All-Star hit .298 and drove in 73 runs with 14 homers for the Bees last season. He appeared in 21 games for the parent Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. ... Francis started for the Colorado Rockies in a March 30 exhibition game against the Seattle Mariners in Salt Lake City. ... Attendance was 5,772. ... Tuesday’s series finale is slated for noon. The Bees then have a rare off day Wednesday. ... Salt Lake has won its last five home games against Colorado Springs, beginning with two to open the month of May.
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