Wild. It is crazy how the night ended, after starting out with a strikeout. It was just an awesome game all around. —Salt Lake Bees outfielder Michael Hermosillo
SALT LAKE CITY — In his first at bat Tuesday night against the visiting Fresno Grizzlies, Salt Lake Bees outfielder Michael Hermosillo struck out.
Fresno starter Cy Sneed got him swinging on a 2-2 count after Hermosillo had battled back from a 0-2 deficit in front of 2,740 fans at Smith's Ballpark.
That particular at bat proved an anomaly in what was a career night for Hermosillo.
The highly rated Angels prospect was lights out in his final four at bats, hitting for a cycle, including a game-changing grand slam.
Thanks to him, as well as David Fletcher and Jabari Blash, who both went yard, the Bees rallied past the Grizzlies for a 13-9 victory.
“Wild,” said Hermosillo. “It is crazy how the night ended, after starting out with a strikeout. It was just an awesome game all around.”
The wildest part, the grand slam, came in the bottom of the sixth inning. With the bases loaded and the Bees trailing by a run, Hermosillo drove Sneed’s 100th pitch of the game over the left-field fence for the game-winning runs.
“I want to say that was my first professional grand slam,” Hermosillo said. “It was just a little bit over the plate and I got the barrel on it.”
He clinched the cycle in the bottom of the eighth inning, when he hoofed out a line drive to left.
“I got it through that hole, and out of the box I was just thinking about that double,” said Hermosillo. “I ran as hard as I could and I got it.”
The Mesa, Arizona, native didn’t realize he had a chance for the cycle until he got a heads up from Fletcher.
“I honestly wasn’t even thinking about it, but then (Fletcher) came over and was like, ‘You know you only need a double for the cycle, right?’” Hermosillo said.
Fletcher gave Hermosillo some advice. “He said, ‘I didn’t do it, so you should.’ Luckily I was able to get that done,” Hermosillo said, laughing.
AND THE STREAK GOES ON: Fletcher, an Angels top-25 prospect, came into Tuesday’s contest riding a 13-game hitting streak. It took him all of one pitch to extend that streak to 14 straight games, thanks to a leadoff home run.
Fletcher finished Tuesday’s contest 2-for-2 with a homer, two RBIs and two walks, and is hitting .453 (29-64) with seven doubles, two triples, three home runs and nine RBIs during his hot stretch.
AND THE STREAK GOES ON, PART TWO: Bees infielder Jose Fernandez might not have a 14-game hitting streak, but thanks to a second-inning single off Sneed, his career-best stretch of hitting safely has reached 13 games.
Fernandez finished Tuesday night’s contest 2-for-4 with two singles, and is hitting .337 on the season with seven doubles, a triple and two homers.
Bees — 13
Grizzlies — 9
In short: The Bees hit three homers, the highlight of which was Michael Hermosillo's grand slam.
Up next: Fresno RHP Rogelio Armenteros (0-0, 5.12) at Salt Lake RHP Ivan Pineyro (0-1, 4.85), Wednesday, 6:35 p.m.