Thus far in the 2015 season Dodger Stadium has transformed into a more hitter-friendly setting that’s seen more than its fair share of balls clear the fence. The Dodgers, while unable to explain the new phenomenon, have certainly taken advantage and lead the Majors with 49 home runs.
The Miami Marlins arrived in town Monday to begin a four-game set with slugger Giancarlo Stanton, though he was held without a home run in the series opener and struck out three times.
Stanton more than made up for his unusually quiet game Tuesday night against Mike Bolsinger, who made his second start of the season for the Dodgers. After retiring the first two batters he faced, Bolsinger gave up a solo home run to Stanton that cleared the left field pavilion and traveled an estimated 478 feet.
Stanton became the fifth player in MLB history to hit a home run clear out of Dodger Stadium, and the first to do so since Mark McGwire, then with the St. Louis Cardinals, accomplished the rare feat in 1999. Along with McGwire, the rarified group includes Wille Stargell (1969 and 1973), Mike Piazza (1997) and Matt Holliday (2006).
Stanton’s home run received the Statcast treatment from MLB.com: