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Minor league baseball: Bees infielder makes impact in victory over Tacoma
PCL » Grant Green knocks in 3 runs in Salt Lake return.
First Published Jul 09 2014 11:08 pm • Last Updated Jul 09 2014 11:28 pm

In most cases, the ability to play multiple infield positions is sought after ... unless you’re in Grant Green’s position.

He played behind a "defensive wizard" in John "Johnny Mac" McDonald of the Los Angeles Angels.

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McDonald is a 15-year vet and noted for playing three positions on any given night. For now, Green can only hope that will be him one day.

"He is an unbelievable defender," said Green, who spent more than a month with the parent club. "Hopefully, that will be me later on in my career."

Green also understands that the Angels are a good team with depth.

"They have their guys and their guys perform," he said. "It’s kind of hard to knock any of them because they are doing their job."

However, Green said no matter the city or the team, when he puts on his jersey he is going to give the team his all.

In his first game back with the Bees, Grant was instrumental in Salt Lake’s 10-4 victory over the visiting Tacoma Rainiers on Wednesday night.

He had two hits — a first-inning double and a second-inning triple — and three RBIs

With the music blasting and the bats swigging, it was a party at Smith’s Ballpark: Everyone was buzzing. The Bees cruised to a comfortable victory despite a two-run first inning by the Rainiers.

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In the bottom half of the first inning, Green doubled to right field as Tony Campana and J. B. Shuck dashed home. Then, Green stole third on a fly ball from Brennan Boesch. Luis Jimenez’s double homer carried Green across home plate. The Bees shifted the momentum with a 4-2 lead.

Roberto Lopez put the nail in the coffin with the lead-off homer in the bottom of the third. The Bees took a commanding 8-2 lead and never looked back.

Even with 14 hits on the night, the Bees’ sluggers were probably not the busiest at the Wednesday night game; the camera men were.

Fans waved their hands and moved their feet as they danced to ballpark favorites like "Y.M.C.A." and "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."

Everyone wanted a part of the action, jumping out of their seats bidding for their 15 seconds of fame.

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