Mike Napoli hit a moon shot off Detroit Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez during Game 5 of the ALCS on Thursday, marking his second home run of the series. Napoli’s home run came in the second and was the first run of the game. Boston added three more runs and went up 4-0 before allowing runs later in the game, but they held on for a 4-3 win.
The distance on Napoli’s homer was estimated at 460 feet, which is a rarity in the playoffs. You don’t see too many home runs in the postseason that are clobbered that badly. You also don’t see too many balls hit that far at Comerica Park at night in October.
Napoli, who is a streaky hitter and can carry a team when he’s hot, has now gone 6-for-12 (.500) with two home runs, two doubles and two RBIs in the last three games. That was after going 2-for-17 (.118) with eight strikeouts in Boston’s first six playoff games. He is definitely getting hot at just the right time.
As for the home run, well that drew tons of praise from his teammates. Catcher David Ross went to the “Bull Durham” line.