Giants ‘pumped up' for La Stella's mammoth homer vs. Rockies

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Giants hitters have certainly taken advantage of Coors Field in recent years, and not just to pile up wins.

Brandon Belt had a 475-foot homer in Denver in 2015, and four years later Mike Yastrzemski went 472 feet. Two years ago, Alex Dickerson hit a bomb that was estimated at 480 feet, putting him up there with the longest MLB homers of the last decade. 

Coors Field is a place to blast off, so it wasn't surprising when a Giants left-handed hitter hammered the second pitch of the game 464 feet. It was a bit surprising that it was Tommy La Stella. 

La Stella's mammoth homer on his second night back set the tone and the rest of the lineup followed suit, leading to a 10-7 win that was the 12th straight for the Giants over the Rockies. The Giants had 14 hits, including eight for extra bases. But none were as majestic as La Stella's sixth career leadoff bomb. 

"Yeah, the boys were definitely pumped up for that one," La Stella said. "I didn't know it was 464, so that's kind of cool. It as just nice to get a good swing off. It had been kind of a little while."

La Stella missed the first 34 games of the season while rehabbing from offseason Achilles surgery. There was a point in March when it was fair to wonder if the Giants would get anything from La Stella this season, but on Tuesday night he looked healthy and fully like himself. In addition to the homer, he hit a pair of doubles, including a soaring one that almost left the park. 

The ball that did leave the park registered as the eighth-longest homer of the MLB season, putting La Stella alongside names like Mike Trout, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Kyle Schwarber on the list of players who have gone 460-plus this season. It was the longest homer of the Giants season by 23 feet, and 33 feet longer than any of La Stella's previous homers in the Statcast era, which started in 2015.

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"His pop is sometimes really surprising," manager Gabe Kapler said. "He's really strong and he's really compact and his body is moving well in the batter's box, so whenever those things are aligned for him and he's seeing pitches and he lays off pitches he can't drive, he's dangerous."

La Stella wasn't the only one to bring the thunder as the Giants won their eighth straight game at Coors Field. Mike Yastrzemski and Brandon Crawford each had three hits and Darin Ruf drove in three runs. There were some tense moments late, but the Giants held on, bringing a smile to the face of a manager who was happy to pencil La Stella back atop the lineup when LaMonte Wade Jr.'s knee acted up. 

After the 12th straight win over the Rockies, and the 11th in which they had double-digit hits, Kapler said what stood out to him was that ability to use lineup depth. 

"On a day that we have to scratch (Wade) because he has some tightness in his knee, we insert Tommy at the top of the lineup and we don't miss a beat," he said. "That's what stands out."

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