Travis Jankowski has been a fun little story here at the end of what's been a mostly disappointing season for the Friar Faithful. Today the Stonybrook alum crossed off yet another milestone in his rookie season, hitting his first Major League home run. And he did so in one of the least homer-friendly ballparks in the majors , no less.
It happened in the top of the 2nd in the Padres' final game of the season at AT&T Park, and the last chance for the Padres to salvage a win in the series. San Francisco Giants pitcher Mike Leake had already given up two runs in the 1st inning, but he wouldn't stop there. Jankowski started off the at-bat with two straight strikes before showing some incredible control and laying off the next three pitches - all balls. With one out in the inning, no one on base, and the count full, he hammered the next pitch deep to right-center, giving the Padres a 3-0 lead.
Coach Glenn Hoffman high-fived Jankowski as he rounded third. Odrisamer Despaigne, who was on his way to bat, high-fived him as he crossed home. And when Jankowski got to the dugout, he was congratulated by Jedd Gyorko, who was in the hole, and interim manager Pat Murphy. The rest of the team would eventually crowd around him to celebrate, but only after pulling a classic dugout prank.
Welcome to the big leagues (again), Jankowski. You're fitting in well here.