De­spite de­feat, Sisco’s first hits mem­o­rable

Prospect’s first ma­jor league homer part of his ‘very ex­cit­ing’ night at Yan­kee Sta­dium

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - SPORTS - By Ed­uardo A. Encina

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NEW YORK — This wasn’t nec­es­sar­ily the way the Ori­oles wanted some of their top prospects to see their first game ac­tion at Yan­kee Sta­dium. But the team’s 13-5 loss to the Yan­kees of­fered the op­por­tu­nity to give some of its young play­ers some valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence.

De­spite the loss, it made for a mem­o­rable night for Ori­oles catch­ing prospect Chance Sisco, who en­tered the game as a pinch hit­ter in the sev­enth in­ning, and col­lected the first two hits of his ma­jor league ca­reer, in­clud­ing his first big league homer in the ninth.

“It was very ex­cit­ing,” Sisco said. “Def­i­nitely would like to have it in a bet­ter out­come in a game for us. It’s still ex­cit­ing, very ex­cit­ing.

“Some­thing I look for­ward to, get­ting those ABs, and get­ting the first hit out of the way. Se­cond at-bat, a lot more com­fort­able. Just go­ing up, try­ing to find a good pitch to hit and put the bar­rel on to it.”

By the sev­enth in­ning of Thurs­day’s game, man­ager Buck Showal­ter turned to his re­serves, putting Sisco, as well as top out­field prospect Austin Hays and Rule 5 draft pick An­thony San­tander into the game.

Sisco, who had just one pre­vi­ous at-bat since his con­tract was se­lected on Sept. 1 when ros­ters ex­panded, took ad­van­tage. In his first at-bat, he fell be­hind 0-2 on a pair of split­ters from Yan­kees starter Masahiro Tanaka, then turned on a slider, send­ing it down the right-field line.

“He did it against a good pitcher and he’ll re­mem­ber that,” Showal­ter said. “I like how calm and quiet he’s catch­ing. Re­gard­less of how the game was, you take it as a spe­cial mo­ment for him. I got the lineup card and I want him to feel good about that part of it. It was good to see. I was glad to get him out there.”

In his se­cond at-bat, Sisco capped a seven-pitch bat­tle by send­ing a full-count, 95 mph fast­ball into the right-field stands an es­ti­mated 380 feet at an exit ve­loc­ity of 103.7 mph.

“Def­i­nitely gives me a lit­tle bit of con­fi­dence,” Sisco said. “Know­ing that you can com­pete at the level. You al­ways have that con­fi­dence com­ing in here that you think you can, but when it’s said and done, it’s com­pe­ti­tion time and you see what hap­pens.”

Af­ter Sisco’s dou­ble off Tanaka, the Ori­oles dugout called for the base­ball, and as it bounced to Manny Machado lean­ing up against the dugout rail­ing, he sneak­ily tucked into his back pocket while throw­ing an­other ball into the stands.

“Just to be around the guys and have fun, that’s what the game’s about,” Sisco said.

San­tander just missed his first ma­jor league homer, send­ing a 2-1 fast­ball down the right-field line that just hooked wide of the foul pole be­fore strik­ing out in his se­cond at-bat of the night. He was 0-for-2.

Hays was 0-for-2 with two strike­outs and was charged with a field­ing er­ror when a fly ball popped out of his glove in the sev­enth. Se­cond base­man Ryan Fla­herty, first base­man Trey Mancini and Hays con­verged on the ball in shal­low right field.

Chance Sisco

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