The top prospect slugged his first career home run and gave the Indians a 4-0 lead in the fifth inning in an eventual Indians' 8-2 victory over the Tigers. Lindor's inaugural blast came on an 0-1 fastball by righty Buck Farmer and just cleared the right-field wall at Progressive Field.
"I'm not used to hitting home runs; I don't hit home runs," Lindor said with a laugh. "I knew I got something good, but then I saw [right fielder] J.D. [Martinez] turn around. I was just trying to go two, but it went over the fence. I'm happy."
In the first inning, he had drawn his first Major League walk. In the third, he made his first out on the bases, when he overran second base on a Michael Brantley single and was tagged out. Lindor finished the day 2-for-3 with the homer, two walks, a run and two RBIs. The baserunning gaffe was quickly forgotten after the solo blast.
"You saw some of the youth with Francisco rounding second, not knowing where the ball was," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "Those things are the things that we talk about. They're going to happen. But to his credit, he owns up to it right away and wants to listen and not do it again. So that's good."
Lindor received the ball from the fan who caught it in exchange for some personalized memorabilia.