Mesa comes off bench to notch first hit, RBI

Mesa comes off bench to notch first hit, RBI

Mesa comes off bench to notch first hit, RBI
NEW YORK -- Melky Mesa notched his first Major League hit in the Yankees' 10-2 win over the Red Sox on Monday, connecting for a pinch-hit RBI single off Andrew Bailey in the eighth inning.

"It's exciting. I just feel good about it," said the 25-year-old Mesa. "I never give up. I'm just waiting for the opportunity for so long. I'm taking it and now I just take advantage."

Mesa signed with the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent in July 2003 and spent seven years in the Minors, batting .264 with 23 homers and 67 RBIs in 121 games between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season.

Mesa beamed at first base as coach Mick Kelleher called for the ball, which Mesa planned to send to his father, Inocencio, in his hometown of Bajos de Haina in the Dominican Republic. Manager Joe Girardi later congratulated Mesa by giving him the lineup card from Monday's game.

"My dad is one of the most important people in my life. I need to get it to him," Mesa said.