Andrelton Simmons bounced back much quicker than expected from his recent thumb surgery. Original estimates were that he'd miss 2 months, and it's been only about 4 weeks to date.
Last night for the Salt Lake Bees he went 3 for 5 with a bases clearing double. He would end up with 5 RBIs on the night in the Bees 12-10 win. Simmons was pulling most of his pitches and 4 of his 5 batted balls where on the ground (not much change there). Simmons didn't see any field action since he was the DH last night.
A lot of eyes have been on LHP Nate Smith this year, especially after he recently took an almost perfect game into the 9th inning. Last night in Fresno was his follow up performance.
The first inning didn't start out great for Smith as he gave up 3 straight singles. The next hitter scored a run on a sac fly and Smith battled back to save the inning with a K and pop up out. Considering he loaded the bases with no out, leaving the first frame with only 1 run allowed was some good work.
Smith pitched pretty good from there, until the 6th inning when Jon Kemmer reached due to a fielding error by Ji-Man Choi. After a fly out and a double, Smith was pulled. His final line on the night was 5.1 IP, 4K, 4 ER, 12 Hits. It was a pretty average to mediocre outing. On the up side, he didn't allow a single walk. Smith threw 97 pitches, 74 of them for strikes.
Other notable performances from the game:
Ji-Man Choi, 4 for 6 with 2 RBIs
Quintin Berry, 3 for 5 with a double and an RBI
Kyle Kubitza, 2 for 6 and hit his 2nd HR of the year
Al Alburquerque, 1 IP, 3K, Sv