Former Greensboro Grasshopper Rodolfo Castro makes Pittsburgh Pirates history

Castro makes history
Rodolfo Castro(Greensboro Grasshoppers) hit two home runs in Wednesday’s game vs. the Brewers, marking his fourth and fifth Major League hits — all of which have been homers. It’s the first time in the AL/NL Modern Era (since 1901) that each of a player’s first five hits have been home runs. “I don’t really think it’s sustainable,” manager Derek Shelton said, “but if he wants to try, he can try.”

The Pirates lost to the Brewers, 7-3, on Wednesday night, but something fun happened for the hometown fans in Pittsburgh’s beautiful PNC Park. Pirates rookie Rodolfo Castro had accounted for the Pirates’ only run when it was 7-1 in the ninth inning and he came to the plate with a runner on. He did it again.

This was only Castro’s ninth career game. He came up for very short stints earlier but was sent back down to the minors both times. A few days ago, he was called back up when the Pirates traded All-Star second baseman Adam Frazier to the Padres.

Believe it or not, this was already Castro’s second career multi-homer game. He also hit two home runs on July 11. His first career home run came two days earlier. So that’s five homers in nine games. Not too shabby. Oh, he doesn’t have any other hits.

How about that, huh? Pirates fans in attendance probably didn’t know about this, but they witnessed history. Castro is the first player whose first five career hits were also home runs.