Shortstop Tommy Field leads Salt Lake Bees' home run derby in win over Tacoma
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake Bees have produced their share of power this season. Sluggers such as Brennan Boesch and Luis Jimenez have regularly crushed balls, and even former MLB MVP Josh Hamilton stopped in town for a short cameo.
On Tuesday, the Bees produced more power. This time, though, it came from an unlikely source. Shortstop Tommy Field blasted two home runs to pace Salt Lake to a 5-3 victory over Tacoma.
"You center up a ball pretty well and every once in a while they'll go out," Field said.
The infielder came into the game with just two home runs on the year, but he quickly changed that. In the second inning the Bees shortstop got the scoring started with a line drive that just cleared the wall.
He didn't leave any doubt with his second shot.
In the fourth inning Field ambushed Tacoma starting pitcher Taijuan Walker, taking the first pitch of his at-bat yard. The two-run shot cleared the berm in left field, sending fans running to collect the ball and putting the home team up 3-2.
"I knew they were going to go with off-speed," Field said. "Walker threw a change-up and that's what I was looking for, so I put a good swing on it."
From there it was Field's teammates that got in on the home run fun. After Reno pulled even in the top of the fifth inning, Brennan Boesch sent a solo shot to right field. Boesch's homer was a showcase of the slugger's strength as he appeared to break his bat on contact, but was still able to put it over the right-field fence to give the Bees a 5-4 lead.
Shawn O'Malley added an insurance run in the seventh with a solo shot of his own. All five Salt Lake runs were scored by way of the long ball.
Field already had a memorable night going when he came up for his last at-bat in the eighth inning and he nearly made it a night that he would never forget. With a loud crack of the bat, Field sent a ball high into the cool air, but it fell just short of the right-field wall and the shortstop had to settle with two home runs on the night.
"I was happy with two, and I am just happy we got the win," Field said.
Notes: Field's last two home run game was June 8, 2010. ... When pitcher Fernando Salas entered the game in the eighth he became the 65th player to play for the Bees this season, matching a franchise record.
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