Stassi collects first hit on ninth-inning homer

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Get a Major League hit and hit a Major League home run.

His parents and brother, who had been in Philadelphia all weekend and stuck around to see him start on Monday night, were treated to the celebratory occasion.

“That was awesome just to get it out of the way,” Stassi said after the game. “It’s been a long week and a half without even a hit.”

Stassi was 0-for-7 entering the at-bat, although he had walked three times in the season’s first week.

Hit toward the bullpens just beyond the right-center-field wall with an exit velocity of 101.1 mph, according to Statcast™, the ball hung in the air for 5.1 seconds. The entire time, Stassi thought it was going to fall in play. He didn’t think he got all of it.

“I thought it was going to be a double because I knew [Curtis] Granderson was shading me to left-center,” Stassi said. “I thought maybe it was going to hit off the wall, and then it snuck out.”

The cost of the ball going over the fence? Michael Saunders‘ bat.

Saunders, who has 75 career home runs of his own, traded his bat to the fan who caught the homer.

“Saunders gave up his bat for me, the one he broke, because I’m running low,” Stassi said. “Saunders picked me up,” Stassi said, smiling.

Stassi felt like he had been pressing a bit in search of his first big league hit. With one in his back pocket, Stassi can now go about his business.

“It’s a relief for sure,” Stassi said. “Now I can get back to what I do.”

The homer cut the deficit to one, but it would not be enough to spark a comeback.

“I’m just happy I didn’t get too down on myself throughout the game and was able to put together a good [at-bat] at the end even though we fell short,” Stassi said.

Ben Harris is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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