On the night that the Somerset Patriots honored Yankees legend Ron Guidry, and on the day that the Yankees promoted Jasson Dominguez from Double-A Somerset to Triple-A Scranton, another hero emerged from the Yankees deep pool of prospects: Ben Rice.
Rice, who has been incredibly productive since his call-up last month added ‘clutch’ to his array of accomplishments after cracking a walk-off grand slam homer in the bottom of the tenth inning as the Patriots topped the Double-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, the Hartford Yard Goats 4-1.
BEN RICE WALK-OFF GRAND SLAM!🔥 pic.twitter.com/FcJ2WG1vFJ— Dugout Station (@DugoutStation) August 23, 2023
With Somerset trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the tenth, Rice came up with the bases loaded and unloaded on a pitch by Alec Barger, sending it sailing over the right field wall for the game winner. Rice leapt up into the air, and shouted back at his teammates in the first base dugout.
Chase Hampton was spectacular on the hill for Somerset. He held the Yard Goats to just four hits over five innings of work. Tanner Myatt and Jack Neely were special in relief, combining to blank the Goats over the next five innings. Neely wound up with the victory.
Ron Guidry Night
Of course, the night was not complete with out a little Yankees history. Ron Guidry, A.K.A the Louisiana Lightning, was honored by the Patriots for his outstanding career in pinstripes. Guidry threw out the first pitch and chatted it up with his teammate Sparky Lyle and former Patriots Public Address Announcer Paul Spychala.
So listen to the race to the bottom 🙄 or go see Ron Guidry and Sparky Lyle at @SOMPatriots. This was not a hard choice. Trust me when I say Guidry could go 9 non-stop. #notrocketscience #YankeesAA pic.twitter.com/2fv92xo6Rk— love2teachmom, Ph.Vaxxed (@YPViking) August 23, 2023
Jasson Dominguez might not call Somerset home anymore, but the 20-year old phenom picked up right where he left off in Somerset. In his new digs at Triple-A Scranton, Dominguez went 3-for-6 with a run scored and three RBI. His torrid month of August continues, and if he keeps it up, he could be in the Bronx very quickly.
20-year-old Jasson Dominguez currently has his third hit and his third RBI of the night in his Triple-A debut. Here's every batted ball he hit tonight:— Fireside Yankees (@FiresideYankees) August 23, 2023
86.4 MPH (Groundout)
91.6 MPH (Single)
103.9 MPH (Groundout)
107.4 MPH (Double)
109.4 MPH (Single)
This kid keeps MASHING!… pic.twitter.com/kiHAzKS6Fx
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