Wednesday, July 20, 2011

One day later, Allen's blast still amazes

By Anthony Fenech / | 07/20/11

PHOENIX -- If it wasn't for the second deck at Chase Field, Brandon Allen's fifth-inning home run on Tuesday night might still be going.

"It was the farthest left-handed-hit home run I've seen here," right fielder Justin Upton said.

Upton was caught by cameras looking in amazement as the ball landed.

"Statistics say I hit a couple longer," Upton said. "I don't believe it."

Allen's homer carried an estimated 455 feet by ESPN Stats and Information.

"I guess it was a good shot," Allen said after Tuesday's loss. "I'll take it."

D-backs manager Kirk Gibson, who was known to hit a long home run or two back in his day, was as amazed as Upton with the home run.

"Oh, my gosh," he said. "How do they measure that?"

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