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Jose Altuve hits leadoff inside-the-park home run

Aug 20, 2011, 8:19 PM EDT

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Astros second baseman Jose Altuve recorded the first home run of his major league career on Saturday night against the Giants. And he did it in style.

Serving as Houston’s leadoff hitter in the bottom of the first inning, Altuve launched a deep fly ball to left field. It struck the top part of the wall at Minute Maid Park before taking a few awkward bounces against the padding.

By the time Giants center fielder Cody Ross corralled the ball, Altuve was rounding third — and blowing through a stop sign from Astros third base coach Dave Clark. Altuve crossed home plate standing up.

MLB.com doesn’t allow embedding on all of its videos, so you’ll have click here to watch the round-tripper.

Altuve, 21, is batting .321/.336/.406 with seven extra-base hits and six RBI through the first 111 plate appearances of his major league career. He was promoted from Double-A Corpus Christi in mid-July.

  1. sknut - Aug 20, 2011 at 9:56 PM

    I wonder how many lead off inside the park HR’s there has been? Thats a cool way to get his first home run.

    • dondada10 - Aug 20, 2011 at 10:21 PM

      Was the last one Kaz Matsui?

      • joelgold - Aug 21, 2011 at 1:31 AM

        Rickie Weeks last year against the Astros.

  2. pbannard - Aug 20, 2011 at 11:41 PM

    “Center fielder Cody Ross” – hahahahahahaha. That’s a good one.

  3. pxeeks - Aug 21, 2011 at 1:13 AM

    Chase Utley’s replacement in 4 years.

  4. mgflolox - Aug 21, 2011 at 5:17 AM

    Saw this kid in the Futures Game down in Phoenix in July. He is one hell of an exciting player to watch. Gives the fans in Houston a reason to come to the ballpark.

  5. Senor Cardgage - Aug 21, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    MLB.com doesn’t allow embedding on all of its videos

    Stop complaining about this. It’s not going to change any time soon. Just link the video.

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