SALT LAKE CITY — Sometimes, all it takes is one swing.
On Wednesday night at Smith’s Ballpark it was the swing of Dodger prized prospect Alex Verdugo. Tied at three runs apiece in the top of the 11th inning, Verdugo crushed an offering from Bees reliever Jason Gurka over the right field fence, giving the Dodgers a three-run lead and the eventual 6-3 victory.
Verdugo finished the game 2-for-4 with three RBIs. He was aided in the Dodgers win by Adrian Gonzalez, who drove in two runs courtesy of a pair of sacrifice flies.
Salt Lake was led by catcher Carlos Perez, whose two-run blast in the bottom of the fifth inning gave the Bees a two-run lead they would hold until the eighth inning.
HISTORY LESSON: Gonzalez has faced off against the Bees a couple of times prior to this most recent series. The first occasion came back in 2004, when as a member of Albuquerque Isotopes (who were a Florida Marlins affiliate) A-Gon went 1-for-14 in a four game series. Gonzalez faced off against Salt Lake again in 2005, this time while with Oklahoma City (who were tied to the Texas Rangers). The Mexican star wasn’t too successful in that series either, finshing 4-for-16.
So far his third series against the Bees has mostly mirrored those previous meetings. Through two games (Titan sat out Tuesday night’s 3-2 Dodgers victory) Gonzalez is 1-for-5 with a single, two sacrifice flies and strikeout.
IT TAKES TWO TO TANGO: The most thrilling play, or rather sequence, of the game came in the top of seventh, with Bees reliever Deolis Guerra on the mound. The Dodgers had a man on first, Verdugo, one out against them and Charlie Culberson at the plate. The infielder hit a grounder right down the middle of the diamond, where it was snagged by a diving Rey Navarro. Navarro, understanding he didn’t have much time at all to get the out at second, threw the ball out of his glove to second baseman Sherman Johnson. Johnson snared the ball out the air, barehanded, and then delivered a strike to first base for the inning ending double-play.
GOODBYE AND GOOD LUCK: The Bees said goodbye to outfielder Cesar Puello, who was called up to the Angels and made his major league debut Wednesday afternoon. On a purely business level, Puello was the 200th transaction made by Salt…