Francisco goes (very) deep
In the 2nd inning vs. the Cubs, Juan Francisco took Rodrigo Lopez’s 1-2 pitch very very deep into the night. The ball traveled an estimated 502 feet for a solo homer – the second longest distance in Great American Ball Park history. While other homers have left GABP, this ball was the first to ever clear the moon deck before it landed on the south side of Mehring Way. Jim Day of FS Ohio found the piece of a tree that snapped off from being struck by the drive. Day reported that the ball was retrieved by a person from Rozzi fireworks outside the stadium, who has returned it to the club to give to Francisco.
The top 10 home run distances in GABP history:
1. Adam Dunn, 535 ft, 8/10/04 vs LAD
2. Juan Francisco, 502 ft, 9/12/11 vs. CHC
3. Wily Mo Pena, 498 ft., 4/17/05 vs. HOU
4. Reggie Abercrombie (FLA), 493 ft, 4/19/06 vs. CIN
5. Alfonso Soriano (WAS), 492 ft, 5/9/06 vs CIN
6. Derrek Lee (CHC), 482 ft, 4/18/05 vs. CIN
T7. Ryan Howard (PHI), 479 ft, 4/5/08 vs CIN
T7. Adam Dunn, 479 ft, 4/6/06 vs. PIT
9. Albert Pujols (STL), 477 ft., 8/31/03 vs. CIN
10. Adam Dunn, 474 ft., 5/4/05 vs. STL
*Francisco’s HR was the longest hit in the Majors this season, topping a 486-foot shot by Prince Fielder of the Brewers.
*The Dunn 535 ft homer was the only one to reach the Ohio River. It cleared the center field batter’s eye in the days before the riverboat was top of it.