Former Turlock High and Fresno State standout Tom Mendonca, who was promoted Wednesday from short-season Spokane of the Northwest League to the Bakersfield Blaze of the California League, will be in the starting lineup tonight in Modesto to face the Nuts.
"To come to Modesto ... hometown of Turlock 15 minutes away ... you can't ask for much more than that," Mendonca said before tonight's game. "I had a feeling that we were supposed to move up. ... But I didn't know where and I was happy it was Bakersfield, which is nice because it's close to home."
Mendonca was hitting .309 with nine homers and 26 RBI in 49 games at Spokane.
Scroll down to hear what Mendonca told The Bee's Ron Agostini before tonight's game.