Jarrett Parker knew he missed it.
In Salt Lake City, the Bees left fielder led off the third inning against the visiting Albuquerque Isotopes on July 23. Parker’s upper cut swing on a Tim Melville pitch got under the ball more than the 30-year-old hitter would have liked. Without hesitation, Parker dropped his head and slammed his bat to the ground in frustration as he slowly trotted toward first base.
Meanwhile, the ball — a new style of ball introduced at the Triple-A level for the first time this season — sailed not only toward right field, but landed at least 10 feet beyond the fence for Parker’s 21st homer of the season (he now has 24).