Mariners' Cruz, Tigers' J.D. Martinez trade tape-measure shots
Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz set the bar for home-run distance on Tuesday, crushing a pitch off Tigers starter Shane Greene an estimated 455 feet to center field in the third inning. The ball landed in the second tier of bushes in center and was one of the longest home runs at Comerica Park this season.
In the bottom of the inning, Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez raised the bar — considerably. Martinez blasted a ball of Mariners starter Taijuan Walker on top of the camera well in straightaway center field. Martinez's hit went an estimated 466 feet — the longest at Comerica Park this season — and measured among the longest hit at in the history of Comerica Park.
The home run — Martinez's 27th — cut the Mariners' lead to 5-3, also scoring Victor Martinez, who was hit by a pitch.