MLB's Longest Home Run Blasts of the Week
In a week dominated by talk of the All-Star Game and Tim Lincecum's no-hitter, the power hitters of Major League Baseball fell to the back burner of the national conversation.
One of the main reasons for that is because none of the home run leaders in each league hit spectacular, long-distance home runs.
However, a few unexpected players did hit bombs over the fence.
Here are the five longest home run blasts of the week, all of which soared over 440 feet.
5. Pedro Alvarez
Distance: 441 feet
Date Hit: July 9
In one of the marquee matchups of the week, the Pittsburgh Pirates hosted the Oakland Athletics at PNC Park.
In the second game of the three-game interleague series, Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez took A's starter Dan Straily deep.
Alvarez's shot came in the second inning and cleared the shrubbery in center field.
4. Luke Scott
Distance: 442 feet
Date Hit: July 11
Luke Scott gave the fans at Tropicana Field plenty to talk about Thursday night with his sixth-inning blast off Minnesota's Mike Pelfrey.
With the game tied at 1-1, Scott broke the deadlock with a home run to right field that landed right under his picture on the right field scoreboard.
As for the outcome of the game, the Rays would end up scoring another run in the sixth to pad their lead and take home a win with a score of 4-3 over the lowly Twins.
3. Jonathan Lucroy
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Distance: 445 feet
Date Hit: July 11
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It did not take long for Jonathan Lucroy to deliver the third-longest blast of the week on Thursday night at Chase Field.
The Milwaukee catcher was the fourth batter of the game to face Diamondbacks starter Wade Miley, and on a 3-1 count, he drilled a home run to the deepest part of the yard.
2. Jed Lowrie
Distance: 447 feet
Date Hit: July 7
Generally speaking, Jed Lowrie isn't known as a power hitter.
However, Lowrie bucked that trend on Sunday in Kansas City as he found the left-field waterfall with his blast off Royals reliever Will Smith.
Lowrie's shot extended the Athletics' lead to 8-2, and they eventually triumphed by a score of 10-4.
1. Edwin Encarnacion
Distance: 449 feet
Date Hit: July 13
In the ballpark where Chris Davis has made a habit of mashing home runs, Toronto's Edwin Encarnacion delivered a blast of his own on Saturday afternoon.
Encarnacion took a pitch by Jason Hammel to deep left-center field, and in the process he cleared both bullpens at Camden Yards.
The blast measured 449 feet, which for this week is enough to be named the longest home run blast.