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Lindsey scores a record six runs06/22/2011 1:10 AM ET
By Robert Emrich / Special to MLB.com
Taylor Lindsey did enough damage for the Owlz on Tuesday to win the game by himself.
Lindsey had four hits, including a homer, and tied a Pioneer League record with six runs scored as short-season Orem routed Casper, 23-1.
The Angels' first-round pick last June doubled in Brandon Brewer in the first inning and scored two batters later on a single by Kaleb Cowart. He plated Brewer an inning later with a two-run blast, doubled and scored in the fourth and crossed the plate again after drawing a walk in the fifth. Lindsey hit into a forceout and came home on Abel Baker's single in the sixth, then smacked an RBI double in the seventh and scored two batters later to complete his historic night.
"I'm just picking up the ball and squaring the ball up," he said. "I feel good at the plate."
Unaware at the time that he had tied a record, the Arizona native wasn't shy about spreading the credit around.
"This is my best game in a while, and it's all because of Kaleb (Cowart) and (Frazier) Hall driving me in," Lindsey said. "It's thanks to them I got the record basically. They are both locked in."
Lindsey matched a record held by four players, most recently set by Helena's Eric Whitford, who scored six times against Idaho Falls on Aug. 14, 1991. He is also the first Orem player to reach that mark.
Lindsey opened the year with three hits Monday against Casper, scoring once in a 7-6 win. With such a hot start, the 19-year-old second baseman is looking to carry that approach into each game.
"In batting practice, [hitting coach] Tom Evans helps me to drive the ball to each gap and not pull the ball as much as I have in the past," he said.
Lindsey had a solid debut season in the Arizona Summer League in 2010, batting .284 with 18 RBIs and 18 extra-base hits. The long layoff between the end of last season and the beginning of this one was tough for Lindsey.
"It was a long wait for me," he said with a laugh. "It was baseball every day, lift, workout, hit and practice every day, which has paid off a lot."
Adjusting to a new level and new teammates hasn't been a problem for Lindsey.
"It's been easy," he said. "Everyone's cool and nice and everything. It's a great team. It's the best team I've been on in a long time."
Hall had four hits, finishing a triple shy of the cycle, and scored four times. Cowart was 3-for-5 with three RBIs and Jarrod Parks went yard twice.
Pil Joon Jang earned the win with six innings of on-hit ball. The 23-year-old right-hander, who started 15 games for Orem last year, drew heavy praise from Lindsey.
"He was amazing, he got us back in the dugout each time quick and got our bats up and going," he said. "Best job I've seen by him. He's just awesome."
Shane Riedie, a 21st-round pick by the Angels, pitched a perfect ninth in his debut.