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

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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