De­but a smasher

BROX­TON OFF TO GOOD START

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT - Jil­lian McKee

FOR­MER Syd­ney Blue Sox player Keon Brox­ton has taken Amer­ica by storm in his Ma­jor League Base­ball de­but last Mon­day.

In his first game for the Pittsburgh Pi­rates, the 25year-old out­fielder swiped a base and stole the fi­nal run of his team’s 9-3 win over the Colorado Rock­ies.

“It’s awe­some to be able to come in and help them in any way that I can,” he said.

Brox­ton is the third Blue Sox player and the 15th Aus­tralian to make his way into Ma­jor League Base­ball.

Upon his ar­rival in Syd­ney in 2013, Brox­ton in­jected life into the Blue Sox bat­ting line-up. In 39 games with the Sox, he bat­ted .231 with 10 ex­tra-base hits and 34 runs scored to go along with 15 runs bat­ted in.

Brox­ton said: “Syd­ney it­self is awe­some. The peo­ple down there are amaz­ing. I had the best time I’ve ever had in my en­tire life there.”

Pittsburgh are cur­rently chas­ing St Louis for the Na­tional League Cen­tral premier­ship, trail­ing by four games with just over a week left in the cur­rent sea­son.

The Pi­rates lead the race for the Na­tional League’s two Wild­card tick­ets to the play­offs.

Pic­ture: PITTSBURGH PI­RATES

Keon Brox­ton makes his Ma­jor League de­but for the Pi­rates.

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