New York Yankees rookie first baseman Mike Ford clubbed his first career home run via a deep drive to right-center.

New York Yankees first baseman Mike Ford got his first career hit last weekend and didn’t need to wait long to hit a new milestone.

Facing Los Angeles Angels righty Chris Stratton, Ford launched his first career home run. The two-run blast scored Brett Gardner and gave the Yankees a 4-0 lead in the fifth inning. It was his second hit of the game, the first being a single to right in the second.

WFAN Yankees play-by-play man John Sterling used the familiar “Ford Tough” call to ring in the rookie’s first career blast.

Ford, 26, was called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last week after Greg Bird was placed on the injured list. He hit .410 with five home runs and 14 RBI in 10 games with the Railriders. A former undrafted free agent out of Princeton University, this has been quite the journey for him.

Mike Ford‘s batting average now sits at .176, and he could see some more playing time if he keeps swinging well. The injury-depleted Yankees may prefer to keep the defensively-challenged Luke Voit at DH until Giancarlo Stanton returns. Moreover, if Bird’s health continues to be an issue, the Yankees would do well to keep a young and powerful lefty bat around.

Here’s hoping Ford keeps trending upward, as the Yankees certainly need the help with Aaron Judge out indefinitely.

The Yankees lead the Angels 5-1 in the seventh inning. Stay tuned to Elite Sports NY for further updates.

Josh Benjamin is a Bronx native who lives and breathes the New York Yankees despite being born into a family full of Mets fans. He is the MLB Editor at RealSport and considers himself a student of the game. When not writing, he can be found either at Yankee Stadium or deep in discussion with his fellow sports nuts.