FRISCO, Texas -- Joey Gallo made a dramatic entrance into the world of Double-A baseball Monday, blasting an opposite-field home run with two out and two on in the bottom of the ninth to give the Frisco RoughRiders a 7-4 victory.
Gallo, who was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts before his final at-bat, stepped out of the batter's box with a 2-0 count and had a feeling Midland right-hander Seth Frankoff might try to throw him a changeup.
"He ended up kind of hanging it," the 20-year-old Texas Rangers prospect said. "I was able to strike it to left-center.”
The ball landed just shy of the scoreboard on the berm in left-center and Gallo's teammates rushed onto the field. Gallo tossed his helmet in the air as his teammates jumped and celebrated with him.
Gallo didn't go directly back to the clubhouse after the homer. He signed a bunch of autographs, finally appearing well after his teammates. Before Gallo's at-bat, minor league field coordinator Jayce Tingler asked, "You going to do this big boy?"
Gallo answered yes and then went up and did it.
“It’s pretty huge," Gallo said about that kind of Double-A debut. "I kind of knew going up to the plate. I said before, I was taking pretty good swings. I ended up having a good opening debut.”