The Minor League Game of the Week


Ben Johnson was 3 for 4 with 3 RBI in the Bees’ May 18 game at Fresno.

May 18, 2007 — The Salt Lake Bees romp at Fresno in a Pacific Coast League contest.

Several players contributed to the offensive fireworks. Howie Kendrick was on rehab assignment with the Bees; he hit a three-run homer in the top of the 2nd. Right after him was Brandon Wood, who then hit a solo homer. Those who’ve followed the Angels minor leagues over the years know that Kendrick and Wood are good friends who hang together away from work. They were an infield duo with Provo in 2003, Cedar Rapids in 2004 and Rancho Cucamonga in 2005. Howie received a mid-season promotion in 2005, separating the duo except for a mutual 2005 stint in the Arizona Fall League. So this game was an opportunity to reunite them, with Kendrick at 2B and Wood at his familiar shortstop position.

Ben Johnson had three hits in this game for three RBI. Ben had been sent from Rancho to Salt Lake on May 10 while the Bees were a bit thin in the catching ranks, and returned to the Quakes after his May 20 appearance. Later in the season, he was promoted to Double-A Arkansas. He’s one of those "good soldier" organization players who goes whereever he’s needed; he might have the inside track on the Arkansas catching job to start 2008.

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