History couldn’t quite repeat itself for Grant Green.
The former A’s prospect, now with Angels Triple-A affiliate Salt Lake, came up with two on and two out in the ninth inning Wednesday night as the Bees trailed Giants affiliate Fresno 10-7.
With Heath Hembree on the mound attempting to close it out for the Grizzlies, the history between he and Green loomed large, as in a similar situation last season Green hit a two-run home run to tie a game in the ninth.
This time around Green almost did the same, hitting a booming 415-foot fly ball to the deepest part of Smith’s Ballpark that Grizzlies center fielder Gary Brown ran down at the wall for the final out of the game.
Even more remarkable was the at bat to set up Green as the potential tying run. In the preceding at bat, Bees No. 2 hitter Taylor Lindsey ran up an 11-pitch at bat, fouling off five straight pitches before finally drawing a two-out walk to prolong the game.
The fireballing Hembree earned his second save of the year and has yet to give up a run through three outings this season.
Green, though, has been one of the hottest hitters in the Pacific Coast League this season. In fact, all the former Oakland first-round draft pick has done is hit since being traded last July for Alberto Callaspo. Last year at Salt Lake he hit a cool .333 (8 for 24) before being called up to the major league squad where he produced a solid .280 average. This season, he ranks third in the PCL with 11 hits while hitting for a .423 average.
MiLB Gameday graphic of Grant Green’s long out to end Wednesday’s game against Fresno. The Grizzlies just held on to win it 10-7.