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Pittsburgh Pirates rookie outfielder Jack Suwinski made history in Sunday’s win against the San Francisco Giants.
Suwinski scored a home run against the Giants Tyler Rogers to give the Pirates a 4-3 win after losing 11 of their last 12 games. This was Suwinski’s second home run of the season, but that’s not where he entered baseball history.
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The young slugger scored three home runs in the win over the Giants. He became the first rookie to score three home runs and end the game with a walk-off, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
“I was like, ‘Absolutely not, dude. Absolutely not. That guy is hard to hit. Coming from that low point, he’s not easy to beat,'” Suwinski said.
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Pirates manager Derek Shelton said he asked Suwinski if the winger was ready for a third home run and Shelton said he was told “no”.
“I wasn’t trying to think about it,” the 23-year-old said. “You start trying to do too much, and then do it or whatever. I was just trying not to think about it and just focus on what the pitcher had.”
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Suwinski is the second Pirates rookie to score three home runs in one game. The latest was Andrew McCutchen in August 2009. Josh Bell was the last Pirates player to hit three things in a game for Pirates. He did it in July 2019.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.