Braun blasts Miller Park's longest righty homer
Brewers slugger's shot tracked at 474 feet, clears left-field bleachers
MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Braun's fifth-inning home run vs. the Giants sailed clear out of Miller Park on Monday, conjuring memories of Russell Branyan against Greg Maddux and Sammy Sosa in the All-Star Home Run Derby more than a decade ago.
Braun's two-run homer left the bat at 113 mph, according to Statcast™, and sailed 474 feet, over the bleachers and onto the concrete concourse that lines Miller Park. It was the most prodigious home run by a right-handed hitter in the 15-year history of Miller Park and the fourth-longest home run by any batter. Branyan holds the record with his 480-foot shot off future Hall of Famer Maddux on July 27, 2004, and Prince Fielder hit a pair of 475-footers during his Brewers tenure.
"A homer is a homer, regardless of whether it goes over the fence by a foot or 20 feet or a hundred feet," Braun said in the wake of the Brewers' 8-4 loss.
Before Braun connected against Giants starter Tim Lincecum, the longest home run by a right-handed hitter at Miller Park belonged to Rickie Weeks, who delivered a 470-foot shot against the Pirates in 2011.
Braun's home run was his team-best 12th this season and his 11th since April 28. He's tied with Washington's Bryce Harper for the most home runs in the Majors since that date, and Braun leads all players with 32 RBIs.
"He's had a great three weeks," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "He's been as hot as any hitter in the game. He's a force in our lineup right now, that's for sure. We've got that part going right now, but we're going to have to get a bigger portion of the lineup going and stringing together rallies to put some runs on the board."