Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray hit a big home run in his team’s 5-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.
Not only was it crucial to the win, representing the two-run difference in the final score, but it was physically big—a behemoth 467-foot shot over dead center at Coors Field.
Before one cries that the dinger’s distance is solely a product of the power-enhancing confines of Colorado, know this: Gray’s homer is the longest by a Rockies player this season, and the longest struck at Coors Field in 2017.
The three longest HR of the season at Coors Field have been hit by:
-Jon Gray (467)
-Brett Eibner (465)
-Greg Garcia (462)
— Andrew Simon (@AndrewSimonMLB) July 6, 2017
Until his mighty swing, the 25-year-old had yet to impress with the bat in his three seasons of major league plate appearances. He’s now hitting .118/.167/.191 for his career.
“He may not be a good hitter but he certainly has power,” said Reds manager Bryan Price after his squad’s loss. “We learned that today.”
The pitcher is listed at 6’4″ and 235 pounds.
Gray wasn’t as pleased with his performance away from the plate, though. He surrendered eight hits and a walk in 5.2 innings, but managed to dance out of trouble to allow just two earned runs and earn a victory.
“It wasn’t a good day on the hill,” Gray said. “I didn’t have a feel for anything, really.”