After today there will only be one spot on the list remaining – the top spot. But today we’re going to be taking a look at the runner up. It’s the final time that Eugenio Suarez shows up on the list – his 4th homer inside the Top 10 longest home runs of the season by the 2019 Cincinnati Reds.
On June 30th the Reds third baseman crushed his 17th home run of the season. Jon Lester didn’t stand a chance as he tried to get a fastball by Eugenio Suarez, who planted the ball on the riverboat above the batters eye in center field at Great American Ballpark.
The Metrics Behind The Blast
Jon Lester’s pitch came in at 91 MPH. Eugenio Suarez unloaded on it and sent it back up the middle at 112.2 MPH and went a projected 457 feet. Just like the entry last week from Suarez, this one also came on a full count fastball.
Reds Rank: 2nd
Major League Baseball Rank: 95th
Exit Velocity: 112.2 MPH
Reds Exit Velocity Rank (on home runs): 2nd
The Story Behind The Blast
After a shutout top of the 1st inning the Reds put the first two hitters of the bottom of the 1st on base. Eugenio Suarez worked a full count against Jon Lester, who thought it would be a good idea to try and hit the lower outside corner with a fastball. He thought wrong. The left-hander didn’t miss his catchers target by much, but that little bit he missed by made an enormous difference as the Reds third baseman made him pay. The home run made it 3-0, and the Reds never looked back – though the Cubs would make the game close late with two different 3-run innings in both the 7th and 9th.
The home run that ended June was only the third home run hit by Eugenio Suarez in the month. In fact, going back 31 games – a week into May, Suarez had just three homers over that stretch. But the home run off of Lester kickstarted a turnaround. The Venezuelan single-season home run record holder homered four times in a 3-game stretch that started with his 457-foot blast against the Cubs on that day. He’d hit 13 home runs from June 30th through the end of July in just 26 games – slugging .755 along the way.