The Bees struggled all night to recover from the Redbirds' blazing six-run first inning. Randal Grichuk got the motor going for the Redbirds with a solo homer to center field. Both teams swung impressively, with 15 hits each.
Already on Servais' radar, Green went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs. Shuck followed with 2-for-4 performance with two RBIs.
The Bees' players are a focal point for the Angels because they've had only two first-round picks since 2011, when they drafted C.J. Cron. Servais said the Bees provide a valuable pool of trade-offs.
"There are five or 10 guys on this team that will still help us out … at some point this year," said Servais.
The Angels and Bees have swapped 22 players 49 times not even halfway through the season. This relationship is almost half of the Bees' 112 transitions this season.
Servais said the minute the Bees' players have put on the Angels' uniform they have helped the team win, naming Green, Cron and Efren Navarro as bright spots for the Angels.
Cron, a former University of Utah first basemen and catcher, is going into this second month with the Angels. Servais said it's because he can hit.
"At the end of the day, if you can hit you can stay around," said Servais. In the last 10 games, Cron has a .200 batting average with one run, five hits and four RBIs on 25 at bats.
"As long as C.J. keeps hitting, he will have a very long career."
But for the Bees' the goal is to improve and win. And so far, the season hasn't been what they planned on. In July, the Bees have gone 10-7.
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