PHOENIX - After going 0-for-6 in his first eight Major League plate appearances, D-backs outfielder Alfredo Marte finally recorded his first career hit Monday in the third inning, driving a RBI single to center field off Pirates reliever Jeamar Gomez.
The 24-year-old admitted it was a relief to get the milestone out of the way more than a week into the season.
"It felt good, it was amazing," Marte said through a translator. "First hit in the big leagues, it's awesome. It was very emotional for me. It's important to get the first one."
With Marte watching carefully from first base, the outfielder's teammates pretended to toss the ball into the stands after the Pirates threw it over to the dugout. Of course, following a few laughs and congratulations, Marte got his ball back, which he plans to give to his mother back home in the Dominican Republic.
Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.