Goldy rocks Chase Field with monster homer
PHOENIX -- When the ball left his bat, D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt knew it was home run. He just didn't realize quite how far it would carry.
Goldschmidt's first-inning homer -- the D-backs' entire offense in a 3-1 loss to the Cardinals on Wednesday night -- left his bat at 111 mph and was projected to land 471 feet away, according to Statcast™.
To put it in less technical terms: The ball was hit a very long way.
Goldschmidt's blast hit the horizontal girder to the left of the giant scoreboard in center.
"I haven't seen a ball hit there at all," D-backs catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia said. "That ball was cleanly hit and it just kept going and going."
Goldschmidt took a 92-mph fastball for a strike from right-hander John Lackey to start the at-bat, and when Lackey came back with another 92-mph heater a little bit higher, Goldschmidt jumped on it.
"I was just looking for something I could hit, just kind of reaction," said Goldschmidt, who was facing Lackey for the first time in his career. "He mixes it up. I mean there's not any real pattern. They mix it up, [catcher] Yadi [Molina] does a good job back there, so just looking for something over the plate and it was kind of up and in and fortunately I was able to get the barrel there."
It was the 25th home run on the season for Goldschmidt, who also has 20 stolen bases.
"Well, I don't think we're ever amazed by anything he does," Saltalamacchia said. "But a ball hit that well -- the ball kind of died tonight -- so for him to put one out that far is pretty impressive."
The homer was the 108th of Goldschmidt's career, tying him with Justin Upton for fifth place on the franchise's all-time list.
Next up on the list is Cards first baseman Mark Reynolds, who hit 121 during his four years in Arizona.
"I haven't," Reynolds said when asked if he'd seen a ball hit as far as Goldschmidt's. "I was talking to him at first base and I said, 'Dude, I hit a lot of balls here pretty far, and that's probably the farthest I've ever seen.'"