Monthly Archives: August 2014

PCL: Salt Lake Bees win final home game thanks to homer by Boesch

By Steve Luhm
The Salt Lake Tribune
August 27, 2014
10:34 pm

The Bees’ home season has ended, but Brennan Boesch’s pursuit of the Pacific Coast League’s batting title continues.

Boesch went 2-for-4 including a tie-breaking home run in the eighth inning Wednesday, giving Salt Lake a 6-5 win over New Orleans in its final game of the year at Smith’s Ballpark.

Boesch started the night in a three-way battle for the PCL batting championship. He was hitting .331, just behind Reno’s Andy Marte (.335) and Matt den Dekker of Las Vegas (.334). Asked if he’s ever led his league in batting, Boesch said: “I have not, so this is fun. You want to make the best out of whatever situation you’re in, so this [year] couldn’t have gone better.”

Boesch’s success hasn’t surprised Bees’ manager Keith Johnson.

“Just the consistency of his approach,” he said. “Every day he comes to the ballpark and prepares himself the same way. He works on the same things and he works on them the same way.”

Boesch, 29, attended Cal. After being Detroit’s third-round pick in 2006 draft, it took him only four years to reach the major leagues.

In three seasons with the Tigers, Boesch averaged 14 homers and 58 RBIs.

After Detroit released him before the 2013 season, Boesch signed with the Yankees. But he struggled with injuries and played only 23 games in New York before being released. Boesch signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Angels last winter. Except for two brief call-ups — one in April and one in mid-August — he has starred in Salt Lake.

“I’ve enjoyed it,” he said. “Obviously Triple-A isn’t the ideal situation for where I want to be. But Salt Lake could not have been a better place to reestablish what I’m capable of doing. So I’m thankful to the Bees. … It’s been great for me to play every day.”

Depending on what happens during the Bees’ season-ending five-game series at El Paso, Boesch’s year could culminate in a batting title.

Salt Lake Bees: Brennan Boesch named to PCL All-Star team

The Salt Lake Tribune
August 25, 2014
11:56 am

Brennan Boesch of the Salt Lake Bees has been named to the 2014 Pacific Coast League All-Star team as the designated hitter, the club has announced.

Heading into Monday night’s game against New Orleans at Smith’s Ballpark, Boesch is hitting .326. He has 22 home runs, 77 RBIs and leads the league in slugging percentage (.619).

Boesch, 29, was named the PCL’s Player of the Week on June 23. On Aug. 12, he broke a 20-year-old franchise record by reaching base in 11 straight at-bats. During the streak, he homered twice and doubled four times.

Originally selected by the Detroit Tigers in the third round of the 2006 draft, Boesch is finishing his first year in the Los Angeles Angels’ organization. He has been called up twice by the Bees’ parent club and, on Aug. 19, he doubled home the winning run in the ninth inning against Boston at Fenway Park.

Salt Lake Bees: Brennan Boesch named to PCL All-Star team

Monday Lineup Angels Bring Up Boesch Bat

By Rev Halofan
August 12 2014,
3:17 P.M.

A Big Bat Arrives

The Angels had pitching reinforcement Caleb Clay up for one day, did not use him, ad have sent him back to AAA in favor of a bat. Brennan Boesch has been sizzling at AAA Salt Lake and is in the lineup tonight. The Angels are hoping for some sort of spark in this extended month of subpar OPS.

Monday’s Lineup is…

  1. Kole Calhoun RF
  2. Mike Trout CF
  3. Albert Pujols 1B
  4. Josh Hamilton LF
  5. Erick Aybar SS
  6. Howie Kendrick 2B
  7. Brennan Boesch DH
  8. David Freese 3B
  9. Chris Iannetta C

Unlike his first tour of duty in Anaheim this season, Boesch will not be wearing the 00 uniform. He will instead be fitted with Jose Molina’s old jersey #28

Boesch was batting a robust .326 with a .625 Slugging Percentage – his OPS in AAA this season is 1.006 over 363 Plate Appearances so he means when he says it. This is definitely the team going with the hot hand and an acknowledgement that the sputtering offense shall be addressed.

C.J. Wilson takes the mound for the Halos tonight so you know they will need some bats-a-clickin’…

Monday Lineup Angels Bring Up Boesch Bat

Angels recall Boesch for offensive boost

By Alden Gonzalez
August 12 2014
6:26 P.M. ET

ANAHEIM — The Angels, looking for an offensive spark amid a slow start to the second half, called up left-handed-hitting outfielder Brennan Boesch before Tuesday’s game against the Phillies, optioning right-hander Caleb Clay back to Triple-A Salt Lake to create room on the roster.

Boesch, signed to a Minor League contract over the offseason, batted seventh while serving as the designated hitter in the opener of a two-game set. The 29-year-old played seven games with the Angels earlier this season and sported a .326/.380/.625 slash line with 22 homers and 75 RBIs in the Pacific Coast League.

The Angels went into the All-Star break with the highest-scoring offense in the Major Leagues.

Since then, though, they rank 28th in the Majors in OPS and tied for 28th in runs per game.

Besides slotting Boesch in at DH, no major changes were made to the lineup against former Angels right-hander Jerome Williams.

Boesch, already on the 40-man roster, puts the Angels back at the traditional four-man bench and seven-man bullpen.

Boesch Earns Major League Call Up To The Angels

August 12, 2014

“The day after setting a franchise record with 11 straight hits and walks, Brennan Boesch was called back up to the Majors by the Los Angeles Angels. A veteran of 410 Major League games and over 1500 plate appearances, Brennan brings to the Angels the hottest bat in AAA, where he leads the league in slugging and OPS and is a Triple Crown threat very close to Number One in Batting average, homeruns and RBI’s.”

Boesch reaches for 11th straight

Salt Lake City
August 12, 2014

A second-inning single gives Brennan Boesch a Salt Lake franchise record as he reaches for his 11th straight plate appearance.

Boesch Continues to Have Fun Swinging Away in Salt Lake after the MLB Trade Deadline

August 11, 2014

After going 7 for 7 and reaching base safely 9 times in a row, Brennan Boesch again leads the Pacific Coast League and all of AAA in slugging percentage (.628) and OPS (1.007) and is in the top 5 in most all other important batting categories: Batting average (.326), RBIS (75), total bases (206), home runs (22) and triples (6). Said Boesch to the Deseret News, “I’m having fun. This year’s been fun. It’s been good to show everyone I am healthy after not playing last year and missing a lot of time. For me, I am just glad to be on the field on a consistent basis and I know when I am healthy what I can do.”

Brennan and several teammates visit their young fans at the Shriner Hospital.
Boesch Continues to Have Fun Swinging Away in Salt Lake after the MLB Trade Deadline

Salt Lake Bees: Brennan Boesch is anything but a villain

Salt Lake City
Aug 11, 2014

On Aug. 5 during a game in Fresno, Bees slugger Brennan Boesch was subject to a chorus of boos. On two consecutive pitches, Boesch’s bat slipped out of his hand and flew into the Fresno crowd, the first time injuring a small boy. After the second bat reached the concourse, the Grizzlies crowd rained down jeers upon Boesch, thinking he was doing it on purpose. The crowd made him out to be a villain, but in reality he is just the opposite.

The following day, just hours removed from a red eye flight, the outfielder was at Shriners Hospital in Park City lifting up a toddler, helping him place a ball in an apple basket. Boesch and four of his Bees teammates spent the day volunteering at the hospital hanging out with the kids, playing whiffle ball and taking the chance to brighten any children’s day.

“I’m just staying really positive right now,” Boesch said. “I had a pretty rough incident in Fresno that shook me up a little bit, just bad luck with the bat going into the stands. It just was one of those things that I don’t even know how it happened.”

Boesch wanted to put the incident behind him, but before he could do so he knew he had to make it right to at least one little boy.

“The biggest thing to put that to rest was I reached out to the family (of the boy his bat struck),” Boesch said. “The little boy’s doing well, and I was able to get some Giants tickets for the families and some other goodies from the Giants and turn a negative situation into a positive one. That’s something as a ball player if you have the opportunity to take a negative situation and turn it into a positive, you jump all over it, and I was happy to do that.”

With the incident behind him, Boesch has excelled at the plate. In the second inning of Salt Lake’s 8-7 victory over Reno Monday, Boesch hit a single to right field. The single was the 11th straight at-bat that Boesch had reached base, breaking the franchise record. During the span, he was 8-for-8 with two home runs, four doubles and six RBIs.

Boesch’s powerful swing is what has made him so effective in the last few days, but it was also the thing that caused the bat to slip from his grip.

“It’s one of those things that when you’re a guy that swings hard and lets the bat move the baseball, you can let it go and sometimes can’t control it,” Boesch said.

Boesch may not have been able to control the bat that night in Fresno, but he could control the way he has handled the aftermath. It appears he now can move on.

“That’s the reality of being a human being, when you do something that affects somebody else and somebody’s loved one, that was tough,” Boesch said. “So to come back here and put Fresno behind me was a big deal for me.”


Bees 8 Fresno 7

In short: The Bees survived a ninth inning two-run rally by Fresno to hold on for an 8-7 victory Monday night. Salt Lake outfielder Brennan Boesch set a franchise record reaching base for the 11th consecutive time in the victory.

Salt Lake Bees: Brennan Boesch is anything but a villain

Boesch will continue to swing away in Salt Lake after deadline

Salt Lake City
July 31, 2014

At 2:00 p.m. Thursday afternoon the MLB trade deadline officially came and went — Brennan Boesch was still on the Bees.

The power-hitting outfielder has spent the season trying to prove that his swing has returned after recovering from various injuries in recent years. The one time major league staple has been doing just that, hitting .364 with 19 home runs and 68 RBI’s coming into Thursday night’s game which Salt Lake trailed 4-0 in the bottom of the eighth at the Deseret News deadline.

Even with his numbers up, Boesch hasn’t been able to crack the big league line up following a short cameo in April with the Angels. When fellow outfielder J.B. Shuck was called up on July 26th as an injury replacement, it showed just how far down Boesch is in the Angels outfielder pecking order.

So is Boesch disappointed he didn’t find himself in a better situation after the deadline?

“I don’t look at it that way at all,” He said prior to Thursday game. “I feel good, I’m doing what I want to do and I don’t think to much about that stuff. I just let numbers and things sort themselves out.”

In early July the numbers were working against Boesch. Leading up to the triple-A all-star game on July 16th, Boesch had gone 15 games without hitting a home run. The break seemed to do him some good.

In his last 10 games prior to Thursday, Boesch is hitting .395 with five home runs and 14 RBI’s.

“Just ebb and flow man,” Boesch said of his recent power surge. “It’s a mentally tough sport especially at this level. I’ve been adjusting all year from being in the big leagues the last couple years. From the travel to the style of pitchers just a little of everything.”

With the injuries that he has recovered from Boesch is focusing on the positives the season has provided. First and foremost — being on the field consistently.

“I’m having fun, I really am, this year’s been fun,” Boesch said. “It’s been good to show everyone I’m healthy after not playing last year and missing a lot of time. For me, I’m just glad to be on the field on a consistent basis and I know when I’m healthy what I can do.”