How Triston Casas’s homer on Friday reminded Alex Cora of homers Barry Bonds used to hit

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Casas’s homer on Friday went 435 ft to left-center subject at one of many hardest ballparks to hit a house run.

Triston Casas watched the ball on his fifth-inning swing carry to left-center earlier than clearing the fence. (AP Photograph/Jeff Chiu)

Triston Casas performed a significant position in a Crimson Sox win once more on Friday.

The primary baseman drove in a run on a double within the second inning to offer the Crimson Sox the lead on the time. His large second although got here within the fifth. On the pitch after he fouled one off his leg and sat on the bottom for a second, Casas took Giants ace Logan Webb’s 92 mph sinker 435 ft to left-center for a solo shot, giving the Crimson Sox a 2-0 lead earlier than profitable 3-2.

Hitting deep residence runs to heart subject hasn’t been unusual for Casas currently. All seven of his homers in July have been hit to heart, left-center, or right-center subject. Six of these homers have gone a minimum of 410 ft, too.

Friday’s homer was a bit extra distinctive although. Oracle Park has been one of many hardest ballparks to hit a house run at because it opened in 2000, particularly in case you hit the ball wherever apart from down the right-field line. Casas’s homer on Friday cleared the left-center fence that’s 399 ft from the plate, which is hard sufficient for a right-handed hitter, not to mention a lefty going the other method.

That earned Casas a pair of distinctive remarks from a pair of members of the Crimson Sox who used to play for the Dodgers. Crimson Sox supervisor Alex Cora, who performed for the Giants’ division rival from 1998-04, stated Friday’s residence run reminded him of ones that Bonds hit throughout the all-time residence run chief’s time on the ballpark.

“I performed numerous video games right here, and I noticed one of many nice ones dominating from 2000 to 2004,” Cora advised reporters Friday. “And that ball [Casas] hit to left-center, that was among the finest residence runs I’ve seen right here. And I noticed many. I noticed [Bonds] hit No. 500, No. 600, No. 700, No. 73 … That was a terrific swing.”

Justin Turner, who performed for the Dodgers from 2014-22, might solely consider one different residence run that rivaled it.

“The one different one I’ve seen that was remotely near that’s when [Corey] Seager hit one up into left-center that was fairly far,” Turner advised reporters. “I don’t know which one went additional however each in all probability had been equally as spectacular.”

Casas appreciated the comparisons after the sport, particularly the one his supervisor made.

“Anytime I can get in comparison with Barry Bonds, that’s superior,” Casas stated. ” … It feels good simply to contribute. Getting talked about with Barry is good in its personal proper, however finally, I’m simply attempting to grind out at-bats.”

After struggling to begin the season, Casas has been among the finest first basemen on the plate because the begin of June and has been on a Bonds-like tear because the All-Star break. He’s hit .472 with a 1.707 OPS to go together with seven homers and 13 RBIs in 12 video games because the season resumed.

Final week, Cora in contrast Casas’s turnaround from his April struggles to Dustin Pedroia, who equally hit beneath .200 throughout the first month of his rookie season. As Casas is likely to be on the same trajectory because the Crimson Sox icon was when he received Rookie of the Yr in 2007, he’s simply completely satisfied along with his outcomes on the plate.

“I’m in a great place proper now,” Casas stated. “I’m attempting to hit the ball the place it’s pitched.”