In Brown’s 102nd career plate appearance, the slugger achieved a milestone that had long evaded him in the A’s 7-3 win over the Astros on Saturday, launching his first career home run.
Brown’s first Major League long ball wasn’t cheap either. At 424 feet with an exit velocity of 106.1 mph, the blast was the textbook definition of a no-doubter, traveling high into Minute Maid Park’s second deck.
His teammates understood the magnitude. They greeted Brown with a barrage of emphatic high-fives upon his return. Some offered hugs. Brown could be seen smiling, almost looking relieved to finally have broken the bagel in the home run column.
Brown didn’t make the A’s Opening Day roster out of Spring Training, losing to Ka’ai Tom in the competition for fourth outfielder, but was recalled when Chad Pinder was placed on the 10-day IL with a left knee sprain.