Despite defeat, Sisco’s first hits memorable
Prospect’s first major league homer part of his ‘very exciting’ night at Yankee Stadium
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.