Cron goes deep in first game back

Cron goes deep in first game back

ANAHEIM -- In his third at-bat Monday night, his 111th at-bat of the 2015 season, C.J. Cron did what the Angels need him to do -- he crushed a home run deep into the left-field seats at Angel Stadium off CC Sabathia, accounting for the final run in the Angels' 4-1 win over the Yankees.

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Cron had just been recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake Monday morning, to be inserted into the lineup as a right-handed power bat against the big New York left-hander. In the seventh inning, he made good on that choice.

"I think he did a good job," manager Mike Scioscia said. "He got into a hitting count a couple of times tonight -- he definitely did in the seventh inning and didn't miss it. That's what C.J. showed us last year -- he can drive the ball, drive it to all parts of the park, and he got one tonight."

In his 110 at-bats preceding the seventh inning Monday -- which had come sporadically in a season split between the Minors and the big leagues -- Cron had homered once. His latest stints at Triple-A were to give him the chance to get consistent at-bats to get back in a groove.

"I wasn't playing much toward the end, so it was good to go down there and get some at-bats," Cron said, adding that he feels better at the plate now. "That's the result of almost two weeks worth of straight ABs. So I feel comfortable and hopefully can continue it."

Cron said that continuing to contribute from a power standpoint just depends on him taking a better approach to his at-bats, like he did against Sabathia on his long home run.

"He got behind 3-0 so I was taking a pitch -- I was leading off the inning trying to get on base, trying to start something," Cron said. "The 3-1 pitch was middle-in, little up, so put a good swing on it thankfully.

"I just need to put a good swing on the ball, really. I'm a big guy, so that stuff kind of just happens."

David Adler is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.