SALT LAKE CITY — Eric Young Jr. turned in a two-home run performance, accounting for three of Salt Lake’s four RBIs on the night, but a late-inning surge from El Paso stole the game away from the Bees, 5-4.

Young Jr. hit a two-run blast to in the bottom of the third that hit the sidewalk in the right field berm, then followed that up with a solo homer to right in the fifth inning. Young Jr. also hit a double, finishing 3-for-4 on the night.

“I think I actually took a simple approach and saw the ball and put the good part of the barrel on it. I think sometimes when people get into ruts, they think about doing too much, and more times than not, keeping it simple, not really caring where the ball goes, just making sure you put good wood on it more times than not, good things will happen,” Young Jr. said.

The last multi-homer game from Young Jr. came on July 9, 2009, at Smith’s Ballpark, when he was a member of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.

Salt Lake was leading 4-1 before El Paso surged ahead. Auston Bousfield hit an RBI single in the sixth, Dusty Coleman hit a solo homer in the seventh, then Forrestt Allday hit a two-run RBI to give El Paso the lead.

Young Jr. was the last man up to bat in the ninth inning, and the crowd of 11,333 at Smith’s Ballpark gave him an ovation as he walked to the plate. Young Jr. hit a deep ball to left field that looked like it had a chance to be his third home run of the night, but Allday caught it on the warning track to end the game.

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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