You don’t see this often
The Rockies hit back-to-back home runs in the top of the 10th to take a 7-4 lead over the Giants in San Francisco on Tuesday night. Ryan McMahon’s two-run shot broke the tie, and CJ Cron added a safe run with a dinger that was far more impressive than it might have looked at first glance.
Cron, a right-handed hitter, hit a line in the opposite direction that cleared the 25-foot fence in right field. Like Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman from Céspedes Family BBQ he pointedCron’s home run across the field was a rare achievement. Since the introduction of the MLB Statcast system in 2015, there have been a total of 24 home runs by right-handed hitters hit the opposite field at Oracle Park (excluding two in-box players who were hit by Kelby Tomlinson and Javier Báez). At 390 feet projected, Cron’s was the second longest of all, behind only Cameron Rupp’s 398 feet in 2017.
Oracle Park consistently ranks among the toughest stadiums in baseball to hit a home run inespecially if he’s trying to get the ball over the right field wall. The fence is 25 feet high and the same depth is 365 feet from home plate. Combine that with the marine layer (the thick air that settles over San Francisco Bay) and it takes some force to get out of the park. The wind was recorded on the first pitch on Tuesday as blowing to the center at 16 mph, but even if Cron was downwind, it’s still an impressive home run.
In the Statcast era, there have been a total of 734 home runs at Oracle Park. That means only 3.3% of all home runs hit there during that time have been right-handers from the opposite field. And hitting one of a 99 mph fastball into extras that traveled farther than all but one of those home runs? That is pretty impressive.
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