Daniel Norris made history on Wednesday night. He destroyed a baseball at Wrigley Field, planting a two-run shot to dead center for a two-run shot. One thing: he was the Detroit Tigers' starting pitcher. And it was his first plate appearance. Ever. Long live interleague baseball.
After Nick Castellanos smacked a solo home run into the seats, Norris smoked a 1-1 94 mph fastball into the bushes. He became the first American League pitcher to homer against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. He's the 19th MLB pitcher to homer in his first at-bat and the first to do so since Tommy Milone in 2011. Norris is also the first Tigers pitcher to homer since Jason Johnson did it on June 8, 2005.
The only other Tiger to homer in his first career at bat since the 1968 World Series? Gene Lamont.— Dave Hogg (@Stareagle) August 20, 2015
If that wasn't enough, Norris later walked against the Cubs starter, Jon Lester.
LHP Daniel Norris is the first Tigers pitcher with a HR and a walk in the same game since 1970. 15th time that's happened in club history.— Alejandro Zúñiga (@ByAZuniga) August 20, 2015