BOSTON (CBS) — Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi didn’t take long to collect the first two hits of his major league career, and he pulled it off with his family in attendance.
In the top of the third inning, Benintendi sliced a knee-high breaking ball from the Seattle Mariners’ Hisashi Iwakuma into left field for his first career base hit.
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Later, in the top of the eighth inning, Benintendi turned on an Iwakuma pitch on the inner half of the plate for a line-drive single to right field, shattering his bat in the process. You can watch his second hit at MLB.com.
Benintendi also got involved in the field, retiring Leonys Martin on a line drive to left.
“It’s just one of those things you dream about your entire life,” said Benintendi on how he felt to get his first career hit out of the way early. “Got to first base, settled in, and it was really exciting.
Benintendi’s family was in attendance to witness his first career hits. Father Chris missed his son’s surprise major league debut at the end of Tuesday night’s loss in Seattle but was happy to see his first hit in person.
“When I woke up and realized he actually had two at-bats [Tuesday night], I was thankful that he did not have a hit because I knew we would all be here tonight,” said the elder Benintendi. “Maybe he planned it that way, who knows.”
However Benintendi planned it, it certainly worked out about as well as it could have for the family.