Bednar starts hot in San Jose despite missing luggage

Photo by Barry Colla

Photo by Barry Colla

Brandon Bednar arrived in San Jose, Calif. on July 1 with his glove, bats, and other baseball necessities. He also brought his talents and versatility from Augusta, Ga., the site of Bednar's baseball career for the first three months of the 2014 season. In nine games since joining the San Jose Giants, Bednar has collected 13 hits and played three different infield positions. 

But the 22-year-old Florida native was missing a key piece of his livelihood for the first 10 days living in a new state.

"I got my luggage in about a week and a half," Bednar said. "Augusta was on a road trip so my roommates couldn't pack up my stuff until they got back."

The San Francisco Giants Class-A affiliate Augusta GreenJackets had begun a seven-game road swing across the South Atlantic League, beginning on July 27 in Lexington, Ky. when Bednar received word he had been promoted to San Jose. Having to depart directly from Lexington, Bednar flew to California packed with minimal clothing while his former team wouldn't return to Augusta until July 4. 

Bednar somehow survived with just three pairs of shirts and three pairs of shorts, but when his luggage finally arrived on July 10, he said his roommate Tyler Horan succeeded at packing his belongings.

"He did great," Bednar said. "All I needed were the essentials such as clothes, iPad, and snacks."

Bednar's pinnacle moment with his new club came on Wednesday night in game two of a three-game set with the first-half North Division champion Bakersfield Blaze. Having already doubled earlier in the contest, Bednar came to the plate in the bottom of the sixth with a runner on and his team trailing by one.

He cleared the fence for just the second time this year.

"Anything I can do to help the ball club win is great," Bednar said. "The home run to take the lead the other night was a cherry on top."

He finished the home stand 10-for-27 with two doubles, a home run, and five RBIs, helping his team to a three-game sweep of Bakersfield and improving their record to over .500 (46-45) for the first time since April 7.

"I'm thankful for the opportunity I've been given to jump right in the lineup here," Bednar said.

Bednar and the Giants will began a four-game road series with the first-place Stockton Ports Friday night at Banner Island Ballpark with No. 20 prospect Kendry Flores on the mound.