This HR's landing spot might be the 1st of its kind

August 27th, 2023

MILWAUKEE -- It took one game for Padres second baseman Matthew Batten in his return to the Majors to pull off something rarely seen.

In Sunday’s series finale against the Brewers, Batten crushed a solo homer in the second inning off Adrian Houser. But just as impressive as the 376 feet it traveled was the home run’s landing spot.

The ball came to a rest on top of the outfield wall in left field at American Family Field -- a rarely seen, perhaps first-of-its-kind occurrence in the ballpark’s 23 seasons.

Home run ball lodges on top of the outfield wall in left field.

For comparison, Padres catcher Gary Sánchez hit a home run two batters before Batten, and it caromed off the green wall behind the outfield fence.

San Diego recalled Batten from Triple-A El Paso on Saturday in the wake of Jake Cronenworth’s fractured wrist. Sunday’s home run was the second of the 28-year-old’s career.

You truly do see something new every day in baseball.