The 24-year-old Justin Smoak has now played 148 major league games and his home run tonight was his 21st – and the first of its kind for the Seattle Mariners first baseman.
It came in the eighth inning in a game was trailing 2-0, and produced a 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.
“I wasn’t looking for any particular pitch, and I sure wasn’t thinking home run – not the way I’ve been lately,” Smoak said.
Smoak came to the plate in that eighth inning with two hits in his last 17 at-bats, with his batting average down to .250. …