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MINNEAPOLIS — The Astros had just set season highs for runs scored and hits in a game in a 17-6 victory over the Twins, as well as setting a franchise record for most runs in a three-game series, but all anyone in the visiting clubhouse at Target Field wanted to talk about was George Springer.
Springer’s second home run of the game, which came off reliever Ryan Pressly in the seventh inning, was a mammoth clout. It traveled 473 feet, according to Statcast™, and nearly landed in the upper deck in left-center field. That was all part of a 4-for-4 day with four runs scored and two walks for the Astros’ designated hitter.
“That’s all I’ve got,” Springer said of the homer. “That’s about all I can hit it. I’m just happy to help us there. They had just scored three so I’ll take it.”
The homer — one of six hit by the Astros — was the second-longest homer this season in the Majors and the farthest by an Astros player in the Statcast™ era. It was also the second-longest homer hit in Minnesota in the Statcast™ era behind the 493-foot shot hit by Nelson Cruz on Sept. 24, 2016.
“On my gosh, bro, I was in shock,” teammate Carlos Correa said. “I tell him, ‘I was in shock.’ I’ve never seen a ball hit that hard before live in my life. It was not even where it landed. It was the way it sounded and came off the bat. It just skyrocketed off the bat. It was really impressive. I was in shock.”
He wasn’t alone.
“It was crushed,” catcher Evan Gattis said. “I hadn’t seen one hit like that in a long time. Immediately I knew it was gone, and I just wanted to see how far it went up.”
The Astros’ previous longest homer in the Statcast™ era (since 2015) was 469 feet by Correa on Sept. 12, 2015. For Springer, it was his second multihomer game of season and the fourth by an Astros player this season. It’s the fifth time in Springer’s career he’s had two homers in a game.
“I knew I had hit it good and there’s no point to stare at it,” said Springer, who leads Houston with 13 home runs. “Just put your head down and go.”
Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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