Yelich shows power against lefty

PITTSBURGH — PNC Park has some special meaning to Christian Yelich.

As a rookie last year, the Miami outfielder connected on his first big league home run at the home of the Pirates. It was an opposite-field shot to left.

On Wednesday night, Yelich went deep yet again at PNC Park, blasting a no-doubt, two-run drive to right field off Jeff Locke.

It was the 22-year-old’s ninth blast of the season, and first off a left-hander. The left-handed hitting Yelich has 13 career home runs, with two off southpaws.

A year ago Yelich had his struggles while facing left-handers, batting .165 against them, compared to .362 off righties.

This season, the numbers have changed a bit.

Yelich’s splits are a little surprising. The leadoff hitter is batting .301 (28-for-93) off lefties, compared to .260 (75-for-288) vs. right-handers.

But his on-base percentage is about the same against both — .359 (LHP), .351 (RHP).

Joe Frisaro

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