Olt Blasts First MLB Home Run

Mike Olt went yard for his first Major League Baseball home run in Pittsburgh on April 3.
Mike Olt went yard for his first Major League Baseball home run in Pittsburgh on April 3. Photo by Darron Cummings/Associated Press

Branford native Mike Olt hit his first Major League Baseball home run on April 3, blasting a shot to right field against Pittsburgh Pirates’ southpaw Wandy Rodriguez in a 3-2 victory for the Chicago Cubs.

Leading off the top of the second inning at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Olt fouled off the first pitch and took a called strike to fall behind 0-2. He fouled off another and then took three straight balls to run the count full before lacing a pitch on the outside corner at the knees to the opposite field for his first official MLB round-tripper, which traveled 352 feet. Olt had previously hit five home runs in Spring Training. Olt’s homer extended the Cubs' lead to 2-0 and proved crucial in the team's first win of the season.

Olt—who was playing third base and batting sixth—struck out in his second at-bat and flied out in his final turn at the dish. Previously, he had gone 0-for-3 on Opening Day on March 31 and flied out as a pinch hitter on April 2. The Cubs host the Philadelphia Phillies in their home opener at Wrigley Field at 2:20 p.m. on Friday, April 14.

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