Sano launches 464-foot first-inning blast

Park's second-inning shot travels 458 feet

May 13th, 2016

CLEVELAND -- Miguel Sano hit an absolute no-doubter in the first inning of the Twins' 7-6 loss to the Indians on Friday, as the solo shot to left field was projected to go 464 feet, per Statcast™, making it the fourth-longest homer this season.

Sano's homer came on a 3-2 fastball from Indians right-hander Josh Tomlin, and left the bat at 110 mph with a launch angle of 29 degrees, per Statcast™. The only homers hit farther this season were by Miami's Giancarlo Stanton (474 feet), Boston's Hanley Ramirez (468 feet) and Pittsburgh's Jordy Mercer (466 feet).

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"Sano had a really nice at-bat, and he finished it with the homer," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "It was a no-doubter."

It was the fifth blast of the year for Sano, who also homered on Wednesday, giving him homers in back-to-back games after Thursday's off-day. And the homer certainly impressed Indians manager Terry Francona, who joked about it after the game.

"I do think [the ballpark] was playing small, but saying that, Sano's ball, I'll pick it up on the way home," said Francona, who lives downtown. "That ball, it didn't matter. That ball was killed."

Twins designated hitter Byung Ho Park also hit a mammoth solo shot in the second, as his homer left the bat at 112 mph and traveled an estimated 458 feet, per Statcast™. Park added a second in the third, a two-run blast to left that left the bat at 103 mph and went 411 feet. It was the first multihomer game for Park, who leads the Twins with nine dingers.

Eduardo Nunez also hit a solo shot in the eighth that went 389 feet, per Statcast™, giving the Twins 1,722 feet worth of homers in their first four-homer game since July 24, 2015, against the Yankees.

"I think all the homers tonight were no cheapies," Molitor said. "That was good to see."