High-priced New York Yankees star pitcher Gerrit Cole entered Wednesday’s contest against the Atlanta Braves boasting a perfect 4-0 record with a 2.75 ERA in six starts this season. He had given up a total of seven homers in 36 innings of work.
That changed in rather quick fashion against Atlanta.
It started with a 473-foot blast from star Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. to give Atlanta a 1-0 lead in the first inning. This thing was an absolute moon shot.
After Dansby Swanson went deep for a two-run homer in the third inning, Marcell Ozuna followed Acuna’s shot with a 469-foot blast of his own to give Atlanta a 4-0 lead in the fourth inning.
That’s nearly 1,000 feet of homers in two at-bats. It also made history. Atlanta is the first team in the Statcast era to have two different players hit homers of 469 feet or longer in the same game.
This is absolutely stunning given that Cole entered Wednesday’s game having posted a 20-0 record with a 1.97 ERA in his last 20 decisions dating back to May of last year. Just insane.