The Miami Marlins suffered another loss against the Colorado Rockies, but one moment stood out. Jesus Sanchez hit the longest HR in 2022, destroying a slider from Ryan Feltner up the 3rd and higher deck. The ball travelled a total of 496 feet, making it the longest HR this season. To make things even more impressive, it's the longest home run at Coors by a left-handed hitter.
As soon as the length was announced, Sanchez drew praise from Marlins GM Don Mattingly. Mattingly was one of the best sluggers in the MLB in the 1980s, so he surely knows a thing or two about home runs. He said the moment was ‘monumental’ for Sanchez and the whole organisation, even in a tough loss against a solid Rockies team.
As Mattingly attested himself, this was no ordinary upper-deck home run. He said that he didn’t see many HRs like it, further adding that the ball seemed to go two blocks away. Sanchez’s blaster beats Mike Trout’s 472-feet HR from April this year, and we don’t think we’ll see another. Well, unless Jesus Sanchez strikes it.
The slugger entered the game on Monday night in need of a big hit. He had a great April, but struggled in May, just like his team. What he did in his first place appearance on Monday was nothing short of a massive hit. He hit the third-longest homer tracked on Statcast, tying Aaron Judge's strike in 2016 and Miguel Sano's homer in 2019. The longest homers recorded are a 504-foot shot by Stanton at Coors Field in 2016 and Nomar Mazara's giant 505-feet HR in 2019.
Sanchez wasn't as surprised as his manager. He said he hit a 508-foot homer in the Minors. Still, it was a special night for him, and he deserves all the praise. Unfortunately, the night wasn't as great for the Marlins.
Everything that could have gone wrong for Miami on Monday night did, and the Marlins suffered a tough 7-1 loss to the Rockies. Sanchez's moment was the only bright spot in an otherwise rough match. The Marlins had a lousy night highlighted by starter Pablo Lopez's uncharacteristic rough outing. He went for six scoreless innings in a challenging pitching environment. Still, he managed to lead the Marlins to a 1-0 lead into the seventh inning when everything fell apart.
Cole Sulser was the reason, walking Brendan Rodgers before giving back-to-back singles to Hampson and Gilliard. Pinch-hitter Yonathan Daza then put the Rockies in the lead, and they never looked back. The Marlins would surrender three more runs to lose 7-1 in the end. To make matters worse, Marlins’ hitters are 1 out of 15 with runners in a scoring position, so there’s clearly work to be done.
Not for their star Jesus Sanchez, though, as he’s used to scoring bangers. Hopefully, it spurs the team to play better as they really need to turn the season around.