It was homecoming night at Smith's Ballpark on Monday as two Salt Lake players made their return to the Beehive State.
Former Ute C.J. Cron and ex-Taylorsville High product John Buck both returned to the park that played a role in launching their careers, helping the Bees to a 7-6 victory over Reno
Cron, playing with Salt Lake for the first time since being called up to the Angels in early May, went 2-for-4 and scored two runs. Buck, who was playing in his first game with the Los Angeles organization, also collected two hits in his return to the field where he helped Taylorsville win a state title.
Though Cron's and Buck's contributions helped the Bees to victory, it was two of their teammates that were the kings of this homecoming.
John Hester had four hits with two RBIs and Brennan Boesch went 3-for-5, batting in four runs, including the go-ahead and eventual winning run in the eighth inning.
"The guys came out and were fresh, had a good (batting practice) and just took it to the game," Bees manager Keith Johnson said.
The Bees got down in the second inning as Reno was able to put four across to take a 4-0 lead. In the bottom of the third, Boesch answered with a towering two-run blast that cleared the right field lawn.
"We were able to come back with the big two-run homer by Boesch," Johnson said. "From there we felt like we were in the game the whole time."
After a back and forth game, Boesch finished what he started in the fourth by sending a single to left field in the eighth frame to score J.B Shuck from second base and give the Bees the 7-6 win.
In between Boesch's heroics it was Hester doing the damage with five hits. With Buck coming in, Hester will have another man to compete with for catching duties behind the plate.
"I just go out there and do what I can, every day is going to bring new challenges," Hester said. "With Buck coming in, he's going to push me a little, I'm going to push him, but it doesn't really matter, we're just trying to win games here."
Cron's return is expected to be temporary and should give him at-bats that have come sporadically while with Angels.
"It's tough," Cron said about the inconsistent at-bats. "You really have to change your routine. Down here you play every day and you have things that you do. You kind of find something that works in that situation is different and kind of a learning experience."