Lowe hits first MLB homer

Published 9:37 pm Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Brandon Lowe hit his first major league home run against the Atlanta Braves this week.

Lowe’s call-up to the Tampa Bay Rays is starting to get better and better. After notching his first career hits under his belt, he now also has his first home run in the majors. His homer came in the sixth inning Tuesday off of a pitch from Julio Teheran.

“The confidence the team has in me has helped me settle down,” Lowe said to the Rays media. “They haven’t been stressing the fact that I haven’t been tearing it up. They are letting me settle down and get some experience.”

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Since being called up from the minors, Lowe has been complimented for his ability to get on base. With the Durham Bulls, he was known for his big-play ability, as he was often shelling out homers. He currently has 10 hits, five runs and eight RBIs to go with his one home run and two stolen bases.

The former Nansemond River High School baseball standout mentioned that when things are going for him, he always finds a way to make a play for his team. He also admitted that he had to take a step back and relax. When he was called up, he was stressing trying to make sure he was making plays for the team. After talking with other teammates, he started to relax, and that’s when more things started happening for him.

“I was stressing trying to prove I belonged,” Lowe said. “I took a step back and took a deep breath and just go out there and relax and play. Just talking to some veteran guys, I tried to take in some of their experiences and learn from them.”

The Rays are currently in a series with the Braves. This weekend, Lowe and the Rays will face the Cleveland Indians.