DENVER — Nothing was safe — not even a truck perched high above the left-field bleachers — from the reach of the Rockies’ C.J. Cron on Friday night.
Cron’s massive fourth-inning two-run homer off D-backs right-hander Keynan Middleton, which bounced off the white promotional truck, was projected at 504 feet, matching the longest home run hit at Coors Field since Statcast began tracking in 2015. Giancarlo Stanton also hit a 504-foot homer here on Aug. 6, 2016, when he was with the Marlins.
Cron’s home run was one foot shorter than a 505-footer hit by Nomar Mazara (then with the Rangers) on June 21, 2019, the longest tracked by Statcast.
The homer was Cron’s 27th of the season. Strangely, it wasn’t the most unusual aspect of the evening.
Cron’s homer put the Rockies ahead, 8-1. But in the top of the fifth, the D-backs scored nine runs — including a Daulton Varsho go-ahead grand slam off Austin Gomber that gave Arizona a 10-8 lead.