"It was a moment I'll never forget," Joseph said.
It was, however, short lived. The next batter, Freddy Galvis, grounded into a 6-4-3 double play and Joseph's hit was erased just like that.
If there was an upside to quickly getting off the basepaths, it was that Joseph almost immediately was able to get his eyes on the first-hit ball. Postgame, he put it next to his keys.
"So I don't forget it," he joked.
Joseph struck out in his next at-bat, but it came against right-hander Kyle Barraclough, emphasis on the right-hander. The player whose roster spot Joseph claimed, Darin Ruf, almost certainly would have been pulled in lieu of Ryan Howard for the more favorable lefty-righty matchup.
Manager Pete Mackanin said postgame he didn't want to burn Howard that early in the game, but he also stressed Joseph isn't strictly a platoon player.
"He's hit right-handers and left-handers in the Minor Leagues," Mackanin said. "So I didn't want to pre-judge what he was capable of doing. We've gotta find out about him."
Through the first month-plus of the Triple-A season, Joseph was hitting .367 (11-for-30) vs. lefties and .338 (22-for-65) vs. righties, with three home runs against each.
Evan Webeck is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.