Salt Lake Bees: Bees use plethora of home runs to power past Isotopes
, Hugh Carey
Baseball weather has returned to Salt Lake City. Warm temperatures brought out the biggest crowd of the season at Smith's Ballpark, and they witnessed the ball carry and carry and carry.
Salt Lake hit five home runs, including back-to-back-to-back jacks by Taylor Lindsey, Grant Green and Luis Jimenez in the third inning as the Bees surged to a 12-2 win over Albuquerque in front of a crowd of 5,647.
"It was good to see our guys barrel some balls up," Bees manager Keith Johnson said. "We came off a tough road trip, but a lot of our guys did some really really good things tonight. It was up and down the line-up, it just wasn't one guy here and one guy there. I believe every one in the line-up contributed tonight."
When Salt Lake opened its season the first weekend of April, it was forced to play in temperatures that would dip into the low 40s. That heavy cold air would often stop well-hit balls in their tracks, making for easy outs. A first pitch temperature that was in the 70s turned those deep outs into home runs Saturday night.
Salt Lake's Luis Jimenez started off the home run derby in the first inning with a solo shot to left field, but things really got fun in the third. Taylor Lindsey hit a line-drive two-run homer to right field that was immediately followed by a line-drive homer to left by Grant Green. Jimenez finished off the trifecta with a deep blast that cleared the left-field grass.
"(The warmer weather) helps," Jimenez said. "When it's cold, you don't even want to play. It feels better right here. It's about helping the team. We are all trying to come through at the same time and keep the rally going."
C.J. Cron continued Salt Lake's offensive explosion with a two-run moon blast to left center in the sixth.
It wasn't just the Bees getting in on the long ball, the Isotopes had solo shots in the sixth and seventh innings.
Salt Lake tacked on five more in the bottom of the eight to finish off the scoring.
Bees starting pitcher Jarret Grube gave up just three hits in seven innings of work, including a streak where he sat down 16 straight Albuquerque batters.
Game notes: The back to back to back homers marked just the fourth time the Bees franchise has accomplished the feat in the regular season. Efren Navarro's in-field single in the sixth was his 500th career Salt Lake hit, tying the franchise record. The Bees' 15 hits tied their season high.
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