You can never count on home runs to score you runs. You just want good at-bats — and we have a lineup full of guys that do that — but when I can get the long ball I'll take it. —Bees manager Keith Johnson
SALT LAKE CITY — After hitting a combined three home runs on Friday night, Luis Jimenez and C.J. Cron got a chance for an encore — in Los Angeles.
Salt Lake Bees players Jimenez and Cron got the call-up to the Angels just a day after Grant Green was sent up to the parent club. Those three had combined for 15 home runs and 69 RBIs for Salt Lake, so it wouldn't have surprised many to see the Bees struggle offensively Saturday night.
That was not the case.
On a night when 10,179 fans packed Smith's Ballpark for postgame fireworks, Salt Lake set off some of their own on the field. The Bees blasted four home runs and Roberto Lopez blooped in a game-winning single in the eighth as Salt Lake beat Reno 6-5 and improved to 13-17 on the year.
With three of their top offensive performers in Los Angeles, the Bees needed some players to step up, and they got just that. Jimmy Swift, Brandon Boesch, Taylor Lindsey and Luis Martinez made sure there would be no shortage of power in Salt Lake as all four went yard.
"You can never count on home runs to score you runs," Bees manager Keith Johnson said. "You just want good at-bats — and we have a lineup full of guys that do that — but when I can get the long ball I'll take it."
Though the Bees sent multiple balls out of the park, it was a ball that just got out of the infield that proved to be the biggest hit of the night.
With two outs in the bottom of the eighth and the scored tied at 5-5, Lopez sent a fly ball into shallow center that dropped for a single and scored Boesch for the game-winning run.
"Sometimes the ball falls your way," Johnson said. "We have had some tough losses over the course of the season, so it was good to see the ball fall our way, especially for Roberto. He's been going through some stuff offensively and not getting a lot of playing time, so it was good to see him get a game-winning hit."
Lopez was starting at third for the first time this season due to Jimenez's promotion and made the most of it with the uncommon game-winner.
"It found a little bit of barrel, but went straight up," Lopez said. " Luckily they were playing back and it found a hole."
As the Bees were taking care of business, Cron was making a fine first impression with the Angels. Through seven innings, the former Ute was 3 for 4 with two RBIs in his major league debut.