Carlos Gonzalez and Mark Reynolds teamed up to hit nearly 1000 feet of home runs
Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez has one of the smoothest swings in the game -- and when he connects on a homer, it's a thing of beauty.
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:
And added with a chuckle:
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 Mark Reynolds clubbed this one a projected 484 feet:
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 Nomar Mazara's 491-foot blast back at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
Those are some seriously majestic blasts.