Originally posted on The Mark Graham Sports Blog  |  Last updated 7/27/12
Pittsburgh Pirates fans have been waiting to see top prospect Starling Marte in action. Last night, he didn't disappoint. The young Dominican outfielder homered on the first pitch he ever saw in the Majors. He took a Dallas Keuchel cutter into the left-center field seats. Your browser does not support iframes. Marte knew something special was going to happen in his at bat, he told teammates in the dugout, "I told some players in the dugout before the game that if he threw a fastball down the middle I was going to take a hack at it and that’s exactly what I did." Keuchel expected Marte to work the count considering Marte was the leadoff batter and, after all, it was his first ever at bat. "I figured he’d take a strike to see what I got; I never thought he would hit a homer on the first pitch of the game." The young Astro pitcher said. Marte became the first Pirate since Walter Mueller in 1922 to homer on his first big league pitch.
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