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The left field wall in Minute Maid Park is 315 feet from home plate. The left-field foul pole in Kauffman Stadium is 330 feet from home plate, but the wall is curved there and drops away sharply. There’s no signage to give fans an exact distance, but it’s clear that hitting a ball over the left field wall in Kansas City is much harder than hitting a ball over the left-field wall in Houston—and both teams proved that Wednesday night.
Royals starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie left a changeup up to the Astros Jason Castro. Castro’s left-handed and the pitch was away, but that short left-field wall allowed Castro to reach the cheap seats. Danny Valencia was slightly out in front of another changeup, but kept his hands back and hooked a Dallas Keuchel pitch over that same wall. In the sixth inning Houston’s Marc Krauss hammered a fastball into the same section of seats. In the 11th inning Mike Moustakas hit a home run to right field; a wall that’s 326 feet away—11 feet more than the wall in left, but still well short of what it would take to clear the wall in Kauffman.
Here’s the point:
By LEE JUDGE. 3 minutes ago