Utahns in baseball: C.J. Cron hits first career MLB homer; former BYU slugger Matt Carson catches fire in Columbus

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

Los Angeles Angels' C.J. Cron, right, is congratulated by Chris Iannetta after hitting a solo home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the third inning of a baseball game in Toronto on Saturday, May 10, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

Chris Young, AP

University of Utah alumnus C.J Cron continues to impress in the majors, as he crushed his first career home run Saturday afternoon, helping lead the Los Angeles Angels over the Toronto Blue Jays, 4-3.

Cron went 2-for-5 in the series and 5-for-15 during the week. He's batting .417 in seven games for the Angels this season.

However, Cron isn't the only baseball player with Utah ties to have a successful week in the pros.

BYU alumnus Matt Carson had a big week for Triple-A Columbus, going 11-for-20 on the week, with two home runs, three doubles, six RBIs and 10 runs scored in six games.

Carson went 3-for-3, with a home run and 4 RBIs in Columbus's 6-4 win over Rochester on Monday. Carson, who entered last week batting .256, upped his batting average to .316 on the season with the big week.

In Double-A action, Spanish Fork High School product Tyson Brummett went 1-1 with a 1.32 ERA in two starts for Chattanooga over the week.

Meanwhile, in Single-A ball, Pine View High alum Marcus Littlewood made headlines with a grand slam that capped a 16-run deficit for his Clinton ball club. The LumberKings trailed 17-1 headed into the sixth inning, but Littlewood's grand slam forced extra innings. Clinton went on to win the game, 20-17.

Bingham High School product Brady Lail went 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA over the week in two starts. Lail allowed six hits and two runs in five innings, leading Charleston past Delmarva, 4-3.

He then allowed just four hits and one unearned run in the RiverDogs’ 3-1 victory over Savannah Sunday, striking out nine batters in the win.

In transaction news, the Los Angeles Dodgers optioned Utah alum back to Triple-A Albuquerque; Double-A Birmingham placed Judge Memorial High School alum Keenyn Walker on the seven-day disabled list.


John Buck (Taylorsville H.S.), Seattle Mariners: One hit in seven at-bats during the week. The catcher went 0-for-3 in Seattle’s 2-0 loss at Oakland on Wednesday and 1-for-4 with a single in the Mariners’ 3-1 victory over Kansas City on Saturday.

Buck is batting .259 in 27 at-bats, with one RBI on the season.

C.J. Cron (Utah), Los Angeles Angels: Five hits, one home run, two doubles and three RBIs in 15 at-bats during the week. Cron hit his first career major league home run on Saturday, launching a solo shot to left center in Los Angeles’ 4-3 win at Toronto.

Cron is batting .417 with one home run, five RBIs and two runs scored in 24 at-bats since being promoted to the majors on May 3.

Jeremy Guthrie (BYU), Kansas City Royals: 0-0, 5.68 ERA in two combined starts over the week. Guthrie fired eight innings of one run at San Diego ball on Tuesday, picking up a no-decision in the Royals’ 3-1 extra innings victory. Guthrie allowed just four hits in the outing.

The BYU alum was knocked out early in his start at Seattle on Sunday, allowing eight hits and seven earned runs at in 4 2/3 innings. Kansas City bounced back to win the game 9-7, and Guthrie did not factor in the decision.

He remains 2-2 on the season, with a 4.80 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP (walks and hits allowed per inning).


Matt Carson (BYU), Columbus (Cleveland Indians): 11 hits, two home runs, three doubles, six RBIs and 10 runs scored in 20-bats over the week. The former Cougar had a big night for Columbus on Monday against Rochester, going 3-for-3 at the plate with four RBIs and two runs, finishing a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. He followed it by going 2-for-3 with another home run and two runs scored on Tuesday.

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