Chance encounter: Sisco thrilled by first AB

September 9th, 2017
Chance Sisco had his first MLB at-bat on Friday after appearing in two games as a defensive replacement. (AP)

CLEVELAND -- When Chance Sisco's name was announced at the start of the eighth inning of Friday night's 5-0 loss to the Indians at Progressive Field, the rookie catcher was filled with all kinds of emotions as he walked to the plate. For the first time in his professional career, Sisco stepped in the batter's box in a Major League game.

Sisco's first career at-bat didn't have the ideal end result, though. After falling behind 0-2 to Indians reliever , the left-handed hitting Sisco worked the count full before taking 96-mph cutter on the outside corner for a called third strike. Despite striking out, Sisco said that the at-bat was something he will never forget.

"It was definitely a surreal experience," Sisco said. "I just tried to keep my thought process simple and tried to focus on my approach and not let the situation dictate that. But yeah, I was excited for it, definitely. I knew what it was, so I was definitely excited for it. I've been looking forward to getting some at-bats."

Although Sisco, whom ranks as Baltimore's No. 1 prospect, was hit with a wave of emotions before the at-bat, he said that he was able to put all of it aside once he stepped into the box.

"It just goes back to playing baseball, really," Sisco said. "I feel comfortable at the plate. I always have. I went into competition, and just kind of got into that mode. I just focused on my approach and that took the emotion out of it."

While Sisco's first career plate appearance came on Friday night, it was not his Major League debut. Sisco made his debut on Sept. 2 as a defensive substitution against the Blue Jays, and then entered Thursday's game against the Yankees again as a defensive replacement.

In 97 games with Triple-A Norfolk this season, Sisco posted a slash line of .267/.340/.395 with seven homers, 23 doubles, 32 walks and 47 RBIs.

Sisco added that he did not feel any added pressure while facing the Tribe -- which extended its franchise-long winning streak to 16 games on Friday.

"I wasn't thinking of that at all, honestly," Sisco said. "I was just thinking about my approach. I was just excited to step in the box and compete."

Worth noting

The Orioles announced on Saturday that left-hander cleared waivers and was outrighted to Norfolk. In four games (two starts) with Baltimore this season, Aquino went 1-2 with a 7.43 ERA in 13 1/3 innings.