Few positive things can take the Atlanta Braves out of a crushing 15-3 loss Wednesday night to the Los Angeles Dodgers in game three of the National League Championship Series.
But there was something outstanding, at least individually speaking. Cristian Pache hit his first full-return hit as a big leaguer, which meant entering a select group of now seven players who hit their first big leaguers in the postseason.
The other six were: Frank Demaree, Melvin Mora, Rosy Ryan, Mickey Lolich, Don Gullet, and Joe Blanton. The peculiarity is that he is the third position player only since the last four were pitchers.
Likewise, in terms of the franchise, he became the fourth player to home run in the playoffs at age 21 or younger. Previously, Ronald Acuña Jr, Andruw Jones and Brian McCann had done it.
Likewise, mlb.com reported that he is the fifth youngest center field in history to hit a home run. Again Acuña Jr, Jones and Bryce Harper and Mickey Mantle did it with less age than Pache.
The organization's number one prospect also made history for his country by being the first Dominican-born to hit his first playoff home run.