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As if that wasn’t enough, the left-hander, who has talked down his hitting since the day of his introductory press conference, cracked the first pitch he saw from Astros starter Armando Galarraga an estimated 372 feet into the left field stands for a two-run home run.

While Gonzalez stifled his smile rounding the bases and his teammates doused him first with bubblegum upon entering the dugout and later with a shaving cream pie, Suzuki could only laugh at Gonzalez’s never-before-seen home run trot.

“Today is just one of those days where you smile about it,” Gonzalez said, letting out a low whistle when he glanced at his phone to see 52 text messages waiting for him. Behind him in his locker sat a ball with an inscription he’d never had before: “1st ML HR”

“Stuff like that’s so cool,” Clippard said. “Today it was like a Little League game for Gio. Hits the two-run homer, we win by one and he throws a complete game. That’s like Williamsport Little League stuff. It’s awesome. What a day for him.”