Carlos Gonzalez and Mark Reynolds teamed up to hit nearly 1000 feet of home runs
With Colorado in a scoreless tie in the sixth inning of Thursday night's 7-3 win over the Braves, CarGo connected and sent a pitch very far into the Coors Field night. So far, in fact, that it didn't land -- it ricocheted violently off the wall beyond the bullpen:
As you might expect given the trajectory of that homer and how it exploded off his bat, that was the second-hardest of Gonzalez's career, per Statcast™:
Asked by MLB.com's Thomas Harding later if he was aware of the post-homer number crunch, Gonzalez commended the Coors Field video department:
"They do a good job here. As soon as the inning was over, they showed it on the board. It was 114-something miles per hour and he threw me a 97 mph fastball."
And added with a chuckle:
"Whenever we square those fastballs, bad ... I mean, great things are going to happen."
Thursday's blast was his second-best. So, then, which of Gonzalez's 196 career long balls holds the No. 1 spot? This one, which sailed toward the pool at Chase Field in Arizona in early April:
Carlos Gonzalez HR.... 117.36 MPH. Hardest he's hit tracked by @statcast— Daren Willman (@darenw) April 5, 2016
He definitely doesn't get cheated.
But wait, there was another ridiculous power display at Coors Field on Thursday: Gonzalez's teammate
Making it, unsurprisingly, the second-longest tracked this season ...
Mark Reynolds just hit a HR that was projected at 484ft... 2nd longest HR recorded by @statcast this year. Holy moly— Daren Willman (@darenw) July 22, 2016
... trailing only Rangers rookie
Those are some seriously majestic blasts.