Cincinnati Reds Eli De La Cruz, the “Rookie of the Year,” hit a massive home run that measured 139 meters.
Cruz started at first base and went 1-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs, and one run scored in the Reds’ 6-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on April 25 at American Family Field in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Cruz stole a home run in his first at-bat. A pitch that looked like it was going over the fence was caught by the opposing center fielder.
On a 1B1S pitch, Milwaukee right-hander Colin Ray’s three-pitch 92.9-mph sinker with a 32-degree launch angle and a 104.2-mph velocity sailed over the center field fence, only to be sucked into the glove of Joey Wilmer, who sprinted to make a leaping catch in front of the fence.
But Cruz got his revenge in his second at-bat of the third inning, trailing 1-0, with a huge home run that the Milwaukee outfielders couldn’t handle. 꽁머니
With runners on first and second and one out, Cruz took Ray’s 88.4-mph cutter into the low strike zone and pulled it over the wall in right-center field. It left the bat at 113.7 mph with a 26-degree launch angle and landed over the right-center field fence and behind a Toyota billboard. It traveled a whopping 456 feet (139 meters).
Cruz’s sixth home run of the season, his second straight over the arch after hitting one the day before against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The distance was second only to his 458-foot towering home run off Noah Syndergaard against the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 8.
As Cruz stepped to the plate in the third inning, the scoreboard introduced him and read, “Almost hit a home run in the first inning…But Didn’t. It’s a sweet revenge on the home team’s mocking message.