Dominic Smith had done as much as opportunity allowed. Then, no better opportunity arrived.
Continuing to take advantage of increased playing time since Yoenis Cespedes’ departure, Smith came through by crushing a solo homer into Citi Field’s upper deck in right field in the second inning of Friday’s game against the Marlins. It was Smith’s team-high eighth RBI in his 19th at-bat of the season.
“I felt like I was right on it,” Smith said of his second homer of the season. “I just wanted to be on time and I put a good swing on it.”
When the 4-3 loss was completed, one swing stained his memory of the night.
Stepping up to the plate in the eighth with one out, the bases loaded and the Mets down one, Smith fell behind 0-2 in the count, before flying out to shallow center. Wilson Ramos followed with an inning-ending groundout and the Mets would never threaten again.
“We got a situation where it’s bases loaded and the tying run on third and the winning run on second and unfortunately I wasn’t able to get the job done,” Smith said. “We got to push those runs [across]. I got to get the job done.”