PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies left fielder Aaron Altherr had a night of firsts on Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park.
He picked up the first hit, double and RBI of his big league career in the first inning against the Blue Jays. He then hit the first homer of his career in the fifth inning of a 7-4 victory over Toronto. Altherr is the first Phillies player to record his first hit, home run, RBI, run, double and walk in the same game since Denny Southern on Sept. 10, 1926, against the Cubs.
"It's good to get that first hit out of the way," Altherr said. "I just thank God for this opportunity. Hopefully I can continue to produce up here."
The Phillies promoted Altherr from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday, replacing injured third baseman Maikel Franco on the 25-man roster. He will get a chance to play the remainder of the season. He has performed well since Winter Ball. He hit a combined .293 (127-for-433) with 32 doubles, five triples, 14 home runs and 67 RBIs in 111 games with Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Altherr is ranked the No. 23 prospect in the Phillies' system, according to MLBPipeline.com.
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