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Halman hits first big league homerun
SEATTLE, Washington (USA) - Greg Halman has reached a new milestone in his career. On Wednesday, June 15, the almost 24-year old Haarlem-born Dutch player, hit the first homerun in his big league-career and he did it on an important moment in the game.

...Greg Halman...
(© Photo: Marco Stoovelaar)
Playing at home with the Seattle Mariners against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Halman came into the game in the top of the eighth inning to play in leftfield. In the seventh inning, the Mariners took a 2-0 lead when Carlos Peguero hit a 2-run single with the ball hitting second base making it bounce over short stop Erick Aybar into the outfield, enabling Chone Figgins and Ichiro Suzuki (who stole his 400th career base in the first inning) to score. But in the top of the eighth inning, the Angels got a run back on an one-out single by Aybar.

In the bottom of the eighth, Halman led off, facing reliever Rich Thompson. He swung miss at the first pitch he saw, then the next pitch was called a strike. Halman then fouled off a curveball, which was followed by a ball. With the count on 1-2, Halman then hit a cutter into centerfield for his first Major League-career homerun that made it 3-1. With this, Halman delivered an insurance run, lifting Seattle's lead to 3-1, which also became the final score of the game.

Since being recalled to the big league on June 3, Halman has played in nine games, hitting .409 (9-for-22), scored five runs and has three RBI's. When he was recalled last September, Halman also appeared in nine game, meaning he now has doubled his total of games in the Major League.

(June 15)

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