Thursday, August 8, 2013
Home runs are nothing new to former Stratford High School baseball players Justin Smoak and Matt Wieters.
Wieters has 15 this summer and Smoak has blasted 10 into the seats.
What was special on Saturday was the two local products, suiting up for different teams, each homered while playing against one another.
Smoak’s solo shot helped lead the Seattle Mariners to an 8-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. Wieters had a solo home run in the loss.
In August, Smoak is 8 for 14 to up his batting average to .272.
Smoak, a first baseman, posted his third straight multi-hit performance in the win, going 3 for 3 with a walk and three runs scored.
Wieters, the Orioles catcher, went 2 for 4 in the loss, drove in two runs and stole a base. The performance snapped a 0 for 23 skid.
Wieters is batting .237.
• Justin Greene, another former Stratford standout, is batting .325 for the Mobile Bay Bears, the Double-A affiliate for the Arizona Diamondbacks in the Southern League.
He was 2 for 5 Monday.