Conger's homer lifts Bees back to .500
It hasn't been the kind of season Hank Conger envisioned back in spring training.
But Sunday at Spring Mobile Ballpark?
Things worked out just fine.
Conger, a former first-round draft pick of the Los Angeles Angels, drilled a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning to lift the Salt Lake Bees to a 6-4 PCL win over Oklahoma City.
The win was Salt Lake's fourth straight. The Bees have won seven of their last eight, improved to 58-58 for the season and returned to .500 for the first time since July 7.
"We're just playing good baseball," said manager Keith Johnson. "... That's the No. 1 goal right now get as many of these guys as possible playing good ball and get some wins in the process."
In each of the last three seasons, Conger has split time between Salt Lake and the Angels.
This year, he was with the Bees in April before going on the disabled list with an elbow and forearm injury.
When he returned, Conger was quickly called up by the Angels, but he stayed only two weeks before returning to Triple-A.
"It's been a little interesting, especially with the injuries," Conger said. "It's definitely been up and down not exactly the way I pictured it going into the season. But the biggest thing for me now is to try and finish strong."
Conger took a step in that direction on Sunday.
After the RedHawks erased a 4-1 deficit and tied the game, Conger drilled his sixth homer of the season.
"I was just trying to be aggressive and look for a pitch out over the plate to drive," he said.
Said Johnson: "Hank, offensively, has always been where he needs to be. ... There are some things he needs to tighten up a little defensively. But he's shown a lot more consistency of late."
Barry Enright, making his third start for the Bees, pitched into the eighth inning, left with the lead Conger provided and earned his second straight victory.
After throwing a three-hit shutout at Las Vegas last week, Enright extended his scoreless inning streak to 13 before the RedHawks' Brad Snyder led off the fourth with a home run.
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R Hank Conger, John Hester and Ryan Langerhans homered to lead Salt Lake over Oklahoma City.
• Starter Barry Enright pitched into the eighth inning and won his second straight game.