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Javs avoid tie with Smith's walk-off double

Indians prospect comes through in 11th inning to halt winless streak
October 18, 2014

Jordan Smith was not interested in another tie.

Coming into Saturday's matinee, Peoria was 0-5-2 since Oct. 9 and had to settle for a tie after late heroics by Salt River on Friday night.

Smith ended the trend, smacking a walk-off double in the 11th inning to give the Javelinas a much-needed 4-3 win over Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League.

"It's good to be on the winning side of the comeback," the Indians prospect said. "We've been struggling to win lately, so we were really glad to get this win."

Had Peoria been unable to score in the 11th, the game would have ended in a deadlock -- an unfamiliar situation for pro ballplayers.

"It's definitely weird," Smith said. "I just stayed simple and knew that all I needed was a base hit and we'd have a good chance to win.

The 24-year-old outfielder batted .248 with a .300 on-base percentage, 24 doubles and 50 RBIs in 126 games for Double-A Akron this season, hitting for the cycle on July 27. He was 0-for-4 when he came to the plate against Phillies right-hander Colton Murray with one out and Edward Salcedo (Braves) standing on second base.

"You can't really dwell on your previous at-bats," said the 2011 ninth-round Draft pick. "You have to go up there with a clear head and trust in your abilities. And that's what I did."

The left-handed hitting Smith fouled off Murray's first pitch, then poked the next offering to left field.

"I was looking for something I could drive through the infield," he said. "I was sitting on a fastball and when I saw it was middle-away, I tried to hit it the other way."

Yankees third base prospect Dante Bichette Jr. nearly made a play on the ball.

"I saw him make a lunge at it. Once it got by him, I knew it was going to be a close play at the plate," Smith said. "It worked out for us, but it definitely was a close play."

The Javelinas trailed, 3-0, in the seventh inning, but Rays prospect Kes Carter sparked a two-run rally with an RBI double. Carter delivered again with two outs in the ninth, forcing extra innings with his first AFL homer.

"We're always looking to score runs," Smith said. "When Kes hit that [double], it gave us a little boost and we started getting a little confidence and we knew we had a good chance to win the game. He definitely had a big day today."

Peoria starter Kyle Zimmer, who missed most of the season with shoulder soreness, was pulled after one hitless inning. Javelinas manager Vance Wilson told's Bernie Pleskoff that Zimmer was tight and didn't look right, but the Royals' top pitching prospect wanted to stay in the game.

Yankees No. 5 prospect Aaron Judge had an RBI double for the Scorpions.

Pirates top prospect Tyler Glasnow tossed three scoreless frames, scattering four hits and a walk while striking out three to lower his Fall League ERA to 1.35.

Josh Jackson is a contributor to