Lambo slams door for Javelinas
Dodgers prospect goes yard with bases loaded again
The excitement is evident in Dodgers prospect Andrew Lambo's voice as the former fourth-round pick talks about the Peoria Javelinas' 14-10 win over the Mesa Solar Sox on Tuesday afternoon.
But as Lambo goes down the list of teammates worthy of accolades -- including fellow Los Angeles prospect Russ Mitchell and the Tigers' Scott Sizemore -- some details seem to be missing.
That would be three runs, three hits and a very big grand slam from Lambo, who was Tuesday's hero in maybe everyone's mind but his own.
"When you have a lot of guys that are in front of you that are a little bit older and they kind of start things off, it's really crucial," Lambo said. "And really that's what makes things work."
Lambo's effort didn't hurt either. The Newbury Park, Calif., native notched an RBI for the third time in four games with his fifth-inning blast. After going hitless in his first two at-bats, Lambo singled to start the inning and scored on Mitchell's homer before capping the eight-run frame with a blast to right field off reliever Jay Voss.
"It's so nice when you are having fun," said Lambo, citing the fact that the Javelinas (5-2) are close-knit as crucial to the team's success. "Baseball is all about having fun and you can hear us from the dugout.
"We like to keep it loose. We can hit, plus we got a lot of guys who were here last year. So we are a little bit more prepared than other teams."
That group includes Lambo, who has seemingly hit his stride in his second year of Arizona Fall League play.
After going 3-for-5 with a grand slam in Thursday's 17-9 victory over the Saguaros, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound outfielder had four hits and an RBI on Friday, and Tuesday's three-hit game raised his average to .478.
"This year I felt like I could try to be that guy that starting role guy," Lambo said. "And I look forward to keeping it up."
Lambo, who hit .256 with 11 homers and 61 RBIs in 130 games at Double-A Chattanooga this year, says he is seeing the ball well and isn't putting any pressure on himself at the plate. After all, if he doesn't hit a homer, chances are top prospects such as Sizemore or Mitchell -- who blasted a two-run homer Tuesday -- will get the job done.
"It's a win-win situation," Lambo said.
Also contributing to the Javelinas' victory was Jonathan Lucroy, who went 4-for-4 with a solo homer, and reliever Zach Braddock (Brewers), who struck out three over two scoreless relief innings.
Red Sox prospect Ryan Kalish went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs for Mesa.
Brittany Ghiroli is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.