Oakland – The Texas Rangers got a much needed boost yesterday when Jake Smolinski returned to the lineup. Not only did they need someone in the lineup that could hit, but also someone that could play the outfield. The outfield was started to get pretty empty because the Michael Choice joined the list of Rangers that are done for the season due to an injury.
It has been almost 2 months since Jake Smolinski has played with the Rangers. Before he had to leave due to injury he was hitting .389 over 11 games/ 36 at-bats. He was starting to make some noise and bring excitement to the offense that was lacking both.
Last night during his return he continued to bring that excitement to the plate by hitting his first home run of his career in the majors.
I’m not the only one that’s impressed with Jake Smolinski
Video: 09/16/14 – Jake Smolinski’s first MLB home run
Jake Smolinski belts his first career homer to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead in the 4th
This season has been pretty horrible in a lot of ways, but being able to see players like Jake Smolinski and other players that will be the future of the club gives hope for next season and beyond.