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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) 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.

Los Angeles Dodgers' Stephen Fife delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Sunday, May 4, 2014, in Miami.  (Wilfredo Lee, Associated Press) Los Angeles Dodgers' Stephen Fife delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Sunday, May 4, 2014, in Miami. (Wilfredo Lee, Associated Press)

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.

MLB

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.

Jeremy Guthrie (BYU), Kansas City: Allowed eight hits, two walks and four runs in six innings in a 7-3 loss to Toronto on Thursday. He also struck out four batters. The righty is now 2-2 on the year with a 4.50 ERA.

Triple-A

Matt Carson (BYU), Columbus (Cleveland Indians): Three hits, one RBI and one run scored in 14 at-bats over the week. After a hot start to the year, the BYU alum is batting .256 on the season.

Brandon Lyon (Taylorsville H.S.), Salt Lake (Los Angeles Angels): Allowed two hits and one unearned run against Reno on Friday. He also allowed two hits and an unearned run, while not recording an out on Monday, picking up a loss at Albuquerque.

The Taylorsville High and Dixie State product has a 2.31 ERA with Salt Lake in 11 2/3 innings, but opposing batters are hitting .377 off the righty.

Double-A

Tyson Brummett (Spanish Fork H.S.), Chattanooga (Los Angeles Dodgers): Allowed seven hits and two runs (one earned), while striking out seven in 6 2/3 innings, but was charged with a loss in the Lookouts’ 7-2 defeat to Tennessee on Thursday.

Though falling to 2-2 on the year, Brummett still maintains a robust 0.62 ERA in 29 2/3 innings with Chattanooga this year.

Parker Morin (Utah), Northwest Arkansas (Kansas City Royals): Three hits and one RBI in 18 at-bats over the week. The former Ute has struggled in his last 10 games, batting just .125 in that span, dropping him to .175 on the season.

Matt Neil (BYU), Montgomery (Tampa Bay Rays): 0-1, 12.27 ERA in two starts combined on the week. Neil also allowed a combined 13 hits and three walks in the two starts.

The Biscuits moved the former BYU pitcher into the starting rotation after two good relief appearances since signing with the Rays affiliate. However, Neil struggled in the starts and failed to go further than four innings in each start. He has a 7.98 ERA in four appearances this season.

Braeden Schlehuber (Viewmont H.S.), Mississippi (Atlanta Braves): Zero hits in just 10 at-bats for the Braves over the week. However, Schlehuber did pick up an RBI in Mississippi’s 4-3 loss to Jacksonville on Saturday.

Matt Spring (Dixie State), Portland (Boston Red Sox): One hit, one RBI and two runs scored in seven at-bats over the week. Spring is batting .222 on the season with two home runs and eight RBIs.

Keenyn Walker (Judge Memorial H.S.), Birmingham (Chicago White Sox): Two hits in 17 at-bats over the week. The Judge Memorial High product has struggled at the plate in the first month of the season, hitting just .143 in 70 at-bats.

Single-A

Chris Capper (BYU), South Bend (Arizona Diamondbacks): Remains on the 7-day disabled list. Has yet to appear in a game with the Silver Hawks this season.

Taylor Cole (BYU), Dunedin (Toronto Blue Jays): Allowed six hits and three walks, while striking out seven and allowing no runs in 4 2/3 innings in a start against Lakeland on Thursday.

Cole picked up a no-decision in the contest and dipped his ERA to 2.36 on the season in 34 1/3 innings. He also boasts a 4.7-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio and averages 1.38 strikeouts per inning after six games.

Jake Hannemann (BYU), Kane County (Chicago Cubs): Six hits, two RBIs and five runs scored in 22 at-bats over the week. The former BYU star also stole two bases.

Hannemann’s big performance on the week came in Kane County’s 2-1 win over Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, where he went 3-for-4 at the dish and finished a home run shy of hitting for the cycle.

Adam Law (BYU), Rancho Cucamonga (Los Angeles Dodgers): Zero hits in seven at-bats over the week. Law’s 14-game hitting streak was snapped Monday, but the BYU alum managed to score a run anyway.

After batting .309 in 23 games for Rancho Cucamonga, Law was transferred to the Ogden Raptors roster on Friday.

Marcus Littlewood (Pine View H.S.), Clinton (Seattle Mariners): Six hits and six RBIs in 13 at-bats over the week, including a four-RBI night against Wisconsin on Friday. The St. George native also scored three runs. He’s batting .382 in 68 at-bats this season, and has 14 hits in his last 10 games.

Adam Miller (BYU), South Bend (Arizona Diamondbacks): 1-0, 8.00 ERA in two combined starts over the week. After a rough outing Tuesday, allowed just two hits and two runs on Sunday, as the Silver Hawks sailed past Fort Wayne 16-2.

Miller is 2-0 with a 3.14 ERA in South Bend. He's also limited opposing batters to just a .206 average in six starts.

Tyler Wagner (Utah), Brevard County (Milwaukee Brewers): Allowed five hits, one walk and four runs (two earned), while striking out four in five innings in one start this week. The former Ute picked up a no-decision in the Manatees’ 7-6 win over Clearwater on Wednesday.

Wagner is 3-0 on the season, with a 1.91 ERA in 33 innings pitched.

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