Blankenhorn Literally Goes Yard for Mets in Pittsburgh
Pottsville’s Travis Blankenhorn hit his first career big league home run – a 3-run shot – Sunday afternoon as the Mets try to battle back against the Pirates.
It may be tough for him to get that ball, however, as it appears the ball left PNC Park and may have even dropped into the Allegheny River.
Mets Blankenhorn Gets First Career Home Run
Here’s a look at the homer from the SNY feed:
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Last night, Blankenhorn recorded his first career RBI when he smacked a double off the wall in right-center field. On Sunday, however, he was able to get under the ball a little more and really put a charge into the ball.
Blankenhorn was pinch-hitting for relief pitcher Drew Smith in the top of the 4th inning. His homer scored Jonathan Villar and Tomas Nido and closed the gap with the Pirates to 6-4.
The Mets are trying to avoid a sweep against the lowly Bucs and things to that end didn’t start out well Sunday after the Mets gave up 6 runs in the first, including 3 on a play in which the ball didn’t get 20 feet from home plate. That same play saw the Mets manager Luis Rojas get ejected and starter Taijuan Walker – who swatted a fair ball into foul territory and then argued with the ump over the call – was removed soon afterward.
Blankenhorn was not used in the field in the 5th inning, so his day is finished. He was recalled by the Mets on Saturday after they put Francisco Lindor on the 15-day injured list.