SAN FRANCISCO -- The Reds certainly liked seeing left fielder Adam Duvall clear the fences again, which he did twice to keep them in the game Tuesday during a 9-7 loss to the Giants. But the return of Duvall's swing -- he felt -- actually came a night earlier on
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Reds certainly liked seeing left fielder Adam Duvall clear the fences again, which he did twice to keep them in the game Tuesday during a 9-7 loss to the Giants. But the return of Duvall's swing -- he felt -- actually came a night earlier on a ball that did not leave the park.
On Monday in the second inning, Duvall hit an opposite-field drive to right field that was caught on the warning track.
"Just from a swing standpoint, if you can really drive the ball the other way, that means you're doing something right," Duvall said. "It was an out but I really liked that swing. That's probably one of the best swings I've taken in a while. It's good to get some good swings off."
On Tuesday, Duvall got hold of two pitches that could not be contained by AT&T Park. Cincinnati was down by a 6-2 score in the sixth when Duvall hit a 3-2 Matt Cain fastball for a low line drive into the first row of seats in left-center field. According to Statcast™, the exit velocity of the ball off Duvall's bat was 110 mph.
It was Duvall's first home run since July 9 at Miami.
"After the first one, I kind of took a deep breath and relaxed a little bit," Duvall said. "It seemed like it had been longer than normal. It was good to get that first one."
Following Jay Bruce's homer to begin the Reds' eighth inning vs. Sergio Romo, Duvall crushed a 2-1 breaking ball to left field. The home run traveled 447 feet, which was the longest at AT&T Park this season by a visiting player, according to Statcast™. The previous longest was Jay Bruce's 442-foot homer Monday.
Duvall, who made it to his first All-Star Game earlier this month, came in batting .219 with one homer in July. Overall, he's batting .247 with a team-leading 25 homers plus 69 RBIs.
"It doesn't have to be the home runs, just the better at-bats," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "He's expanded the plate somewhat here leading into the All-Star break and coming out of the All-Star break. He wasn't quite as selective in getting a good pitch to hit early in the count. Today, he did a really nice job of shortening up the zone a little bit and staying more in the middle of the field and got to his power and gave us a boost offensively."
Duvall was also a participant in the T-Mobile Home Run Derby in San Diego, but did not feel it has played any role in his lessened production of late.
"Not at all. If anything, it could have helped me at that point," he said. "I was kind of getting beat a lot. It had to do with a couple of things. In the home run derby, you're going to pull some balls. I was kind of getting the head out a little bit but I don't think it had any effect at all on my swing."
Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.