Gallo enjoys big league weekend in hometown

Gallo enjoys big league weekend in hometown

Minor League infielder Joey Gallo, who is from Las Vegas, gave the hometown fans another thrill on Sunday afternoon at Cashman Field. Gallo started for the Rangers at third base and walked his first two times up.

Then, batting with two on in the sixth inning, Gallo crushed a three-run home run over the wall in right field against Cubs pitcher Esmailin Caridad.

"I hit it pretty well," Gallo said. "I've hit balls better, but I got enough of it to hit it out of here."

Gallo had a double off the center-field wall on Saturday. This one he pulled to right field and had the wind blowing in that direction -- not that it mattered.

"A serious bomb," manager Ron Washington said. "It cleared the wall. It may have cleared the park. I don't know what was back there. I'm happy he got to do it with his family and hometown friends here to see it. They've seen it before, but this was a big league game."

Gallo played at Bishop Gorman High School. One of his competitors was Bryce Harper, who is a year older and played at Las Vegas High.

"He's pretty much the big dog around here," Gallo said. "He steals my thunder."

Not this weekend.

"It means a lot to me," Gallo said. "Playing at home I felt a little pressure to do well, but at the end of the day I had a great time."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.