Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Pirela's Big Debut Enjoyable for Himself, Jeter

Jose Pirela's big debut in yesterday's win over the Orioles was understandably enjoyable for both him and Derek Jeter.

Pirela, who hit ninth and DH'd in the contest, went 2-for-3 on the night against a pair of Baltimore pitchers. Of those two knocks, which each came off Lefty Wei-Yin Chen, one bounced off the left-center field wall for an RBI triple in the third, while the other looped into right for a solid two-out single in the fifth. 

"When I see the outfielder go to get the ball, I see that's a hit," Pirela told MLB.com. "I say, 'I want to hit a homer.' I thought the ball is gone, but I hit a triple and I enjoy that."

Jeter, whose last game at Yankee Stadium is in two days, also liked what we saw.

"That was fun," Jeter said. "It's exciting to watch. You see how excited he was to get his first hit, then his second hit. It never gets old. We're all happy for him. He got an opportunity to play and I'm pretty sure he didn't think he was going to get called up this year. For him to come up and get his first hit, that's a fun thing to watch."

Two batters after both of his hits, interestingly, Pirela was actually driven in by nice contact by Jeter. However, the first time that happened in the aforementioned third was likely more because of the former, who broke for home on a hard grounder to shortstop as soon as the ball left the bat.

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