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VIDEO: Gregory Polanco helps the Pirates win in extras with his first MLB home run

Jun 14, 2014, 9:31 AM EDT

Gregory Polanco AP AP

Rookie outfielder Gregory Polanco played hero for the Pirates last night and made some history along the way.

Playing in just his fourth major league game, Polanco went 5-for-7 with a go-ahead two run homer and three runs scored in an 8-6 win over the Marlins in 13 innings. He had singles in the first, fifth, sixth, and eighth innings before going deep in the 13th. Check out the video of his first major league home run below:

OK, so here’s the history part. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Polanco collected five hits and a home run in a game quicker than any player in the modern era (since 1900). Mike Lansing was the previous record-holder, as he had five hits and a home run in his fifth major league game in 1993. Meanwhile, Polanco is the first player with a five-hit game within the first four games of his career since Cecil Travis did it for the Washington Senators in his major league debut back on May 16, 1933. We’re talking about 81 years, folks.

While it’s still fair to ask if the Pirates should have considered calling him up sooner, he’s been worth the wait so far.

  1. The Cub Den - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    That’s something that is awesome. He’ll never forget that moment and it is one of the coolest things about the game. You never forget the first time.


    • renaado - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:49 AM

      Not to mention a game changer too, truly a memorable moment for him.

      • Old Gator - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:37 AM

        I hope he took peectures. I suspect he’s going to have enough of those moments in his career that not too far down the line they’re all going to swirl together in his memory like tomato slices in a food processor.

  2. joewilliesshnoz - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Finally, this kid is a beast .

  3. Old Gator - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Yes, this kid is a beast. I guarangoddamntee ya Mike Dunn thinks so, at any rate. Polanco looks like the real thing, not a flash in the pan – he has that perfect rattlesnake-strike swing that reminds me a lot of a young Dave Justice. Of course, Dunn served him a meatball that Chef Boy-ar-Dee would have envied – I wouldn’t say it was grooved but it whistled all the way to the plate and all the way to the seats.

    Good on ya, kid. It’s always wonderful to witness the advent of the next generation of great ballplayers.

  4. aphillieated - Jun 14, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    This guy gonna win a batting tittle in his career.

  5. musketmaniac - Jun 14, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    more importantly, Polonco, Marte and Cutch combined 11 for 21. two home runs. Best outfield on the game.

  6. thepittsburghkid - Jun 14, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Someone said David Justice swing and that’s right on. I’m not just being a homer when I say I think the kid is going to be a star. Tremendous plate vision and patience for a rookie.

  7. musketmaniac - Jun 14, 2014 at 1:15 PM


  8. notsofast10 - Jun 14, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Next up, Kris Bryant! Uh never mind, it’s the Cubs, maybe they will bring him up June of 2015!

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