Blake Swihart

Blake Swihart's first big league homer spoiled by loss: 'At the moment it felt great, but now it doesn't mean anything'

Ryan Hannable
June 04, 2015 - 7:46 pm

Although Blake Swihart hit his first major league home run on Thursday, he just wished the outcome was a little different. After 13 total home runs last year between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket, the switch-hitting catcher isn't much of a power guy, but after 75 official big league at-bats Swihart finally got one in the majors. With the Red Sox leading the Twins 2-0 in the third inning, Swihart, hitting right-handed, crushed a Tommy Milone offering over the Green Monster, a solo shot that gave the Red Sox a 3-0 lead at the time. He became the youngest Red Sox catcher to hit a home run since Rich Gedman in 1982. "It felt good," Swihart said. "It has been a long time coming, I guess finally being able to do something on the offensive side to help the team out." Unfortunately for the 23-year-old, the rest of the game didn't go as well, spoiling the moment for Swihart in the process. The Red Sox blew a 4-0 lead and allowed eight unanswered runs, committing three errors in an 8-4 loss to the Twins. "At the moment it felt great, but now it doesn't mean anything," Swihart said. "It put another run on the board at that point though, which was important." After struggling after first being called up May 2, the catcher is adjusting well, as he has hits in 12 of his las 14 games and had an eight-game hit streak snapped in Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader. For the season, he's batting .218. For more Red Sox news, visit