Utahns in baseball: C.J. Cron and Stephen Fife each called up to majors; John Buck has big game for Seattle

Published: Sunday, May 4 2014 11:45 p.m. MDT

Los Angeles Angels' C.J. Cron tosses the ball after fielding it against the Los Angeles Dodgers during an exhibition baseball game in Los Angeles, Friday, March 28, 2014.

Danny Moloshok, Associated Press

Former Utah Utes and Salt Lake Bees slugger C.J. Cron made quite the impression for Los Angeles Angels fans in his first weekend in the majors.

Cron got the call to the majors on Saturday, after just 28 games with the Bees, and picked up back-to-back multi-hit games in his first two games with the Angels.

The first baseman went 3-for-5 with two RBIs in his major league debut, including a go-ahead RBI single in the sixth inning, that helped Los Angeles to a 5-3 win over Texas. Cron followed it up with a 2-for-4 day on Sunday.

Cron became just the fourth player in Los Angeles' franchise history with three hits in a major league debut. The slugger also collected one more hit Saturday in his debut than his dad, Chris, was able to record in his MLB career.

Chris Cron went 2-for-25 in his MLB career.

Meanwhile, fellow Ute alumnus Stephen Fife was recalled by the Los Angeles Dodgers late Saturday night and made his Dodgers season debut on Sunday.

The righty allowed seven hits and four runs in six innings at Miami, but did not factor in the decision.

Also in the majors, Taylorsville High alumnus John Buck put together his best day at the plate this season, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI, helping lead the Mariners to an 8-7 victory over Houston.

Buck entered Sunday with just three hits on the season and a .188 batting average in limited time.

In the minors, Spanish Fork High alum Tyson Brummett picked up his second loss of the season in Double-A Chattanooga on Thursday, but maintains a 0.62 ERA on the year.

BYU alum Adam Law's 14-game hitting streak in Single-A Rancho Cucamonga was snapped on Monday. The infielder, who was batting .309 as the Quakes' lead-off hitter this season, was transferred to the Ogden Raptors on Friday.


John Buck (Taylorsville H.S.), Seattle: Three hits in four at-bats, including a crucial RBI single Sunday in the eighth inning, which extended Seattle’s lead over Houston to 8-4. The Mariners went on to win the ballgame 8-7.

Buck, who has played sparingly this season, made the best of his only start during the week. The backup catcher also doubled twice in the game and scored two runs in his best performance of the season so far. His RBI base knock was his first RBI of the season. He’s batting .300 on the season in 20 at-bats.

C.J. Cron (Utah), Los Angeles Angels: Five hits in eight at-bats during his first two games in the majors. Cron also collected two separate RBI singles in his MLB debut — one in his first career at-bat and a second that brought in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning.

Prior to getting the call up Saturday, had a big Friday performance with the Bees. The Utah product went 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBIs and four runs scored against Reno.

Stephen Fife (Utah), Los Angeles Dodgers: Allowed seven hits, one walk and four runs, while striking out five in his major league season debut Sunday at Miami. The Marlins went on to win the game 5-4, but Fife did not factor in the decision. Fife was called up late Saturday to make room for Hyun-Jin Ryu, who was placed on the disabled list.

Prior to the call up, Fife started to show improvement with Albuquerque. The former Ute allowed a hit in one inning of relief in the Isotopes’ 7-6 loss to Salt Lake on Wednesday. He’s allowed just one run in his last nine innings of work, while allowing just six hits too.

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