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Ozuna rips MLB season-best 115.3 mph homer

@LangoschMLB
April 8, 2019

ST. LOUIS -- With a home run that snuck just over the left-field wall and just inside the foul pole in the first inning on Monday, Marcell Ozuna registered the Majors’ hardest-hit home run of the season. The two-run blast off Hyun-Jin Ryu came three pitches after the Dodgers were

ST. LOUIS -- With a home run that snuck just over the left-field wall and just inside the foul pole in the first inning on Monday, Marcell Ozuna registered the Majors’ hardest-hit home run of the season.

The two-run blast off Hyun-Jin Ryu came three pitches after the Dodgers were unable to turn a potential inning-ending double play, and it evened the game at 2-2. The home run traveled a projected 374 feet with an exit velocity of 115.3 mph, according to Statcast.

In addition to ranking as the hardest-hit home run this year, it sits as the second-hardest hit of any kind behind only a single by the Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton. The blast is also the hardest home run given up by a Dodgers pitcher since Statcast tracking began in 2015.

During that span, Ozuna has hit the Cardinals’ four hardest home runs, topping the list with one at 117.1 mph last season.

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.