Bees' Thaiss ties career high with four hits

Angels No. 8 prospect reaches milestone for first time at Triple-A

Matt Thaiss has hit safely in 14 of 18 games since being promoted to Salt Lake last month. (Brent Asay/

By Chris Bumbaca / | June 12, 2018 1:22 AM

Matt Thaiss is quickly learning just how friendly the Pacific Coast League can be for hitters. 

The Angels' eighth-ranked prospect logged the fifth four-hit game of his career -- his first since joining Triple-A Salt Lake last month -- in the Bees' 6-5 loss to the Baby Cakes on Monday at Smith's Ballpark. 

Video: Bees' Thaiss doubles to right

The outburst pumped Thaiss' average to .338 since his promotion to Salt Lake from Double-A Mobile on May 22. The University of Virginia product sports a .338/.376/.600 slash line with four homers and 13 RBIs in Pacific Coast League play. Twelve of his 27 hits have gone for extra bases. 

The 2016 first-round pick worked himself into a hitter's count during his first at-bat of the game, taking a 3-1 offering from New Orleans starter Tyler Cloyd the other way for a single to left field. 

Gameday box score

In the third, Thaiss laced a 1-1 pitch from Cloyd to center for his first double of the game. Dustin Ackley's RBI single two batters later plated him.

Facing Baby Cakes left-hander Mike Kickham with two outs in the fifth, the 23-year-old slapped the first pitch he saw to the opposite field for a single. Jumping on the first pitch once more, this time against lefty Jose Quijada, Thaiss lined a double to right for his fourth hit of the game. 

Angels No. 11 prospect Jose Suarez, making his third Triple-A start, allowed three hits and three walks while striking out three over 4 2/3 scoreless innings. The left-hander threw 47 of his 82 pitches for strikes. 

Scott Van Slyke hit a two-run homer with New Orleans down to its final out to turn the tide. 

Chris Bumbaca is a contributor for based in New York. Follow him on Twitter @BOOMbaca. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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