PHOENIX -- It didn't take Gerardo Parra long to make Major League history. Called up by the D-backs and immediately inserted into the two-hole in Wednesday night's starting lineup against the Reds, Parra clubbed a home run in his first at-bat. The 21-year-old outfielder became the 100th player in MLB history to accomplish the rare feat.
The left-handed-hitting Parra uncorked on a 1-and-1 pitch from Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto and pulled it halfway up the right-field pavilion, a drive estimated at 379 feet, to give Arizona a 1-0 lead. Of the previous 99 to make such a dramatic debut, only one was an Arizona player: Alex Cabrera, who hit a pinch-hit home run off Houston's Yorkis Perez in the eighth inning on June 26, 2000, at Chase Field. Parra became the second player this season to break in with a long fly. On April 5, Atlanta's Jordan Schafer did it off the Phillies' Brett Myers in the first inning at Citizens Bank Park.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.