Daryle Ward of the Houston Astros hit the first home run into the Allegheny River on the fly at PNC Park on Saturday night. Ward's grand slam in the fifth inning against Pittsburgh's Kip Wells easily cleared the right field stands and splashed down several feet beyond the concrete wall alongside the river bank. A man in a pleasure boat parked just beyond the wall dove into the water and retrieved the ball, which the Pirates were hoping to secure for Ward.
The drive was estimated at 479 feet. When PNC Park opened last year, the Pirates estimated that the shortest distance a homer could travel down the right-field line and into the water on the fly was 456 feet. Six homers previously struck the walkway beyond the right field wall or the slope leading to the river and bounced into the river, but Ward's was the first to carry into the water.
The homer came in the 127th regular season game played at PNC Park.