PITTSBURGH -- Even the deepest parts of ballparks tend to look small to Giancarlo Stanton.Stanton crushed a home run over the batter's eye in center field and collected three RBIs on Friday night in the Marlins' 12-7 victory over the Pirates at PNC Park.• Cast your Esurance All-Star ballot for
PITTSBURGH -- Even the deepest parts of ballparks tend to look small to Giancarlo Stanton.
Stanton crushed a home run over the batter's eye in center field and collected three RBIs on Friday night in the Marlins' 12-7 victory over the Pirates at PNC Park.
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Stanton helped set a resounding tone with his explosive home run to lead off the third inning, giving Miami a 3-1 lead. The three-time All-Star's latest must-see shot off right-hander Tyler Glasnow cleared the tall green structure in center and bounced on top of it.
"I don't think you see the raw power," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "There's a few guys who hit the ball like that. I've never really seen guys hit the ball further than that. He is a rare breed from the standpoint of just the sheer force he hits the ball with."
The home run landed a projected 449 feet away, according to Statcast™, Stanton's third-longest homer of the season. The exit velocity was 110.6 mph, and it had a launch angle of 25 degrees. That was Stanton's 40th home run with an exit velocity of at least 110 mph, tops among any player in the Statcast™ era (since 2015). The next highest is Nelson Cruz with 26.
Glasnow got ahead of Stanton 1-2 in the count, but his 82-mph changeup was driven a long way, well over the 399-foot marker in center. Center fielder Andrew McCutchen moved a few steps back and just watched Stanton's 16th home run of the season.
"He's a strong guy," Pirates catcher Jacob Stallings said. "He likes it out over the plate, for sure. Maybe he was sitting on it. Pretty impressive piece of hitting."
Stanton, the 2016 Home Run Derby champion, is building a case to be part of this year's All-Star Game, which will be played at Marlins Park on July 11. The 27-year-old slugger now has 42 RBIs.
Stanton doesn't always stick around to admire his homers, but he was tracking the ball as he was heading to first. Actually, he was trying in batting practice to hit the ball over the batter's eye.
"I was trying to get it over there in BP and I couldn't do it," Stanton said. "I couldn't get the right one. I can do it."
Miami had an explosive offensive night, scoring a season-high 12 runs. While Stanton had the most impressive home run on the night, he didn't have the most total. Tyler Moore enjoyed his second career multi-homer game, with the first coming on June 13, 2012, while with the Nationals at Toronto.
Moore's homer in the third inning was projected by Statcast™ at 393 feet with an exit speed of 105.5 mph, and his second came in the seventh inning. It tracked at 382 feet with a 98.6-mph exit velocity.
The two longest home runs for Stanton this year are 468 feet, on May 7 at the Mets, and 460 feet on May 26 at home against the Angels.
"He's a freak, man," Moore said of Stanton. "He's unbelievable. Since I've come over here in spring, it seems unhuman, some of the stuff he does. It's just fun to watch every day."
Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.