Phelps’ first homer is a game winner for Indians

The first home run is always special, and it certainly was for former Santa Barbara High star Cord Phelps —  in more ways than one.

Phelps, a rookie infielder for the Cleveland Indians, not only hit his first major league homer on Sunday, it was a game-winner. Phelps blasted a three-run homer in the bottom of the 11th to lift the Tribe to a 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

“That’s my first walk-off of any kind, at least that I can recall,” said Phelps. “That was awesome. Really cool.”

Phelps went 2 for 5 in the game with a double and two runs scored. He is batting .143 on the year since his call up.

The Indians retrieved Phelps’ home run ball and presented it to him. He said he’ll keep it awhile before giving it to his parents

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