Statcast: Gordon's homer among year's longest
CLEVELAND -- Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer hadn't allowed a home run all season, until Alex Gordon made contact with an 89-mph fastball on the third pitch of a second-inning at-bat and made it count.
According to Statcast, Gordon's home run -- which cleared the right-field seats entirely at Progressive Field and bounced off the cement concourse -- came off the bat at 108 mph and traveled 468 feet. The solo blast helped propel the Royals to an 11-5 victory on Tuesday.
If 468 feet sounds extraordinary, that's because it is. The homer was the third-farthest home run tracked by Statcast so far this season. Only Josh Donaldson (481 feet) and Alex Rodriguez (471) have gone deeper.
Not only was it the third-farthest this season, it was the farthest of Gordon's nine-year career. His previous high, according to ESPN's Home Run Tracker, was a 462-foot blast in 2014, also against the Indians. That one was served up by closer Cody Allen and hit at Kauffman Stadium.
When asked if he felt like it was the longest homer he'd ever hit, Gordon recalled a couple. He remembered a grand slam hit to straightaway center in Detroit in 2013. That one went 443 feet. He recalled a shot in Minnesota from 2007. That one went 422.
But neither topped this blast.
"I guess I must be getting strong as I'm getting older," Gordon said, smiling.