It may not be something Matt Brown truly wants, but as long as it helps the club, he'll take it.
Certainly, the Salt Lake first baseman would rather be playing for the parent Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, but he is making the most of his time with the AAA Bees.
His first-inning home run sparked the Bees offense, and he finished 3-for-5 with two RBIs helping the team to a 7-5 win over the Tacoma Rainiers. It was his 16th homer on the year and puts him fourth on the home-run list for the PCL.
"It's nice, but I am not trying to be the best home-run hitter in the league," said Brown. "I am just trying to do the best I can, whether it is hitting home runs or whatever else I can do. It is great to be winning."
Brown's solo home run started a three-run first inning as Gary Patchett and Adam Pavkovich had RBI singles. But the offense sputtered over the next three innings.
"Like last night, we knew that Tacoma is a good hitting team and that three or four runs with eight innings to go was not going to be enough," said manager Bobby Mitchell.
Mitchell was right as Matt Tuiasasopo had a two-run double and Tacoma scored three runs in the top of the fifth to pull even. Brown once again did a great job for the club as he singled to lead off the bottom half of the inning and came around to score on Freddy Sandoval's two-run double. Coby Smith hit an RBI single to push the lead back to a three-run margin at 6-3, and the Bees held on from there.
Starting pitcher Giancarlo Alvarado was terrific through the first four innings. He gave up only one hit and struck out five before struggling in the fifth. Matt Wilhite threw an inning and a third giving up a run, and Henry Bonilla threw two innings of relief allowing one more Rainier run to close the gap to 6-5.
Brown again came up with a big hit as he had an RBI double in the bottom of the eighth to give pitcher Jason Bulger an insurance run as he came in to get the save in the ninth.
"It is a huge difference having a two-run lead going into the ninth," added Mitchell. "That run makes it so much easier on a pitcher."
The teams wrap up the four-game series tonight at Franklin Covey Field with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05.
BEE LINES: The Bees' win over Tacoma on Tuesday night was the franchise's 100th victory over the Rainiers. Salt Lake now has 100 wins over four franchises, including 124 over Las Vegas, 123 against Tucson and 101 versus Colorado Springs. ... Angels regular Chone Figgins may not be enjoying his rehab stint in Salt Lake. He went 1-for-5 on the night, bringing his hitting total during his stint with the Bees to 2-for-10.