Thomson ReutersSeptember 29, 2013 13:21
1B Justin Smoak reached a career high when he hit his 20th home run Saturday. Smoak took Oakland starter Jarrod Parker deep for a two-run shot in the second inning, making him the fourth Mariner to reach the 20-homer mark this season. Just as encouraging is that two of those home runs came from the right side of the plate, where the switch-hitting Smoak has struggled. He had right-handed homers against southpaws Bruce Chen (Royals) and C.J. Wilson (Angels) over a three-day stretch last week.