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Pittsburgh Pirates rookie Tony Sanchez got his first career hit on Sunday, and his hit produced another “first.”

Sanchez, who was selected fourth overall by the Pirates in 2009, lined a Joe Blanton fastball to right field in the top of the second inning of his team’s game against the LA Angels. Though the Pirates announcer said the ball bounced off the wall, it actually got stuck in the base of the scoreboard just above the wall at Angel Stadium. I’ve never seen anything like that happen before.

Sanchez was awarded a ground-rule double, and the ruling may have cost the Pirates a run. Neil Walker, who was on first, got placed on third, and the next batter flied out to end the inning.

Sanchez actually has a bit of a history here at LBS despite being a rookie. In 2011, his mouth got him into trouble over Twitter. Last year, he got into a bar fight and broke his jaw. And in April, we featured him here at LBS after he pulled this hilarious prank. Now that he’s up in the bigs, let’s hope he’s matured.

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