VIDEO: Garrett Jones hits ball into Allegheny River on the fly

  • David Whitlock

Pittsburgh 1B Garrett Jones becomes the first Pirate to hit a home run into the Allegheny River on the fly on Sunday.  And it’s the first blast in over a decade to do so.  The shot almost took out two oblivious cyclists on the descent.  Watch the towering blast courtesy of MLB.com:

The only other player to clear all dry land on a blast was Houston Astros OF Daryle Ward over a decade ago in 2002.

It was a key shot in the game, tying it up 4-4 in the bottom of the 8th before the Pirates walked off in the 11th with a decisive run to win, 5-4 against division rival Cincinnati Reds.  This comes a few weeks after Pedro Alvarez hit one into the river on a bounce.  The Pirates are winning a lot of games these days, quietly tied for 2nd most wins in baseball.

-David Whitlock (@lhd_on_sports)

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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