Minor leagues: Bees' Calhoun hits three home runs in win
Kole Calhoun had a night to remember.
The Salt Lake Bees center fielder hit three home runs off Fresno starter Austin Feet to help the Bees (58-46) to a 5-4 win over the Grizzlies (47-57) on Tuesday in front of 14,016 fans at Spring Mobile Ballpark.
The win also moved the Bees into sole possession of first place in the Pacific Northern division, a game ahead of the Tacoma Rainiers.
Calhoun finished the game 4 for 4 with four RBIs and three runs scored just a night after going 0 for 5 with three strikeouts. He's the ninth player in franchise history to hit three home runs in a game.
"I've faced [Feet] a few times and he's got a really good changeup," Calhoun said after the game. "I was kind of thinking all day today that's what I was going to see. Two of the pitches that I hit out were changeups that I got up in the zone. That was my plan from the beginning."
Salt Lake left-hander Dustin Richardson (4-1) earned the win and Daniel Stange earned the save, while Fleet (0-3) took the loss. Richardson, who was acquired by the Angels organization on June 15, struck out eight Grizzlies while giving up four runs in 62â3 innings.
Richardson ran into trouble in the seventh and left with a 5-2 lead but the bases loaded. Fernando Cabrera came in and gave up a two run single both runs were charged to Richardson before escaping the inning with a one-run lead still intact.
Calhoun's big night started in the first inning with a two-run home run to the opposite field in left that drove in Andrew Romine, who had doubled to lead off the inning.
In the third inning, the left-handed-hitting Calhoun scorched a line drive over the fence in right field for a solo shot. His solo homer in his next at-bat in the fifth inning was a towering shot that just cleared the right field fence.
Salt Lake catcher Luke Carlin added a solo home run in the fourth, while Romine was 2 for 4.
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O Center fielder Kole Calhoun becomes the ninth player in franchise history to hit three home runs in a game.
• Luke Carlin adds a solo homer for Salt Lake.
• Lefty Dustin Richardson improves to 4-1 on the season, striking out eight batters in 62â3 innings.