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.