Seattle first baseman Justin Smoak has had a rough start to the baseball season, but came up big in the Mariners’ 7-1 win over Houston on Monday night.
Smoak (Stratford High School, USC) was 2 for 3 with an RBI single and a double, raising his batting average to .208 with four runs batted-in. It was just his second multi-hit game of the season.
Elsewhere among Lowcountry players in the pro ranks on Monday:
• Yankees centerfielder Brett Gardner was 0 for 2 in a 5-1 loss to the Rays, dropping his average to .263. Gardner (Holly Hill, College of Charleston) walked twice and struck out once.
• Orioles catcher Matt Wieters (Stratford HS) was 0 for 4 with two strikeouts in Baltimore’s 2-1 win over Toronto, dropping his average to .210.
In the minors on Monday:
• First baseman Chris McGuiness (James Island, The Citadel) was 0 for 4 for Class AAA Round Rock, and is now batting .217 with three homers and 13 RBI in 18 games.
• Outfielder Justin Greene (Stratford HS) singled once in three at-bats for Class AA Mobile, raising his average to .211 in 10 games.