Inside Pedroia's big night

June, 25, 2010
A few tidbits on Dustin Pedroia's big night, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information:

Dustin Pedroia had himself quite a night, setting career highs with 3 HRs and 15 total bases, and becoming the second Red Sox second baseman with 3 HRs in one game.

Not surprisingly, three of his hits -- 2 HRs and a double -- came against fastballs. Pedroia entered the game hitting .313 and slugging .544 against the heater with all nine of his homers. He was hitting just .224 and slugging only .318 against offspeed pitches but went 2-for-2 on Thursday with another HR. His offspeed HR came against a slider -- his first against that pitch since August 16 of last season -- and it came in extra innings on the only slider he saw.

Pedroia's three home runs traveled a combined 1,154 feet. His first HR of the game went 396 feet, accounting for the longest homer of his career. His third HR of the game, which proved to be the game-winner, traveled 373 feet thanks to 42 feet of "atmosphere assistance" (wind, temperature and altitude). Only Coors Field and Minute Maid Park's friendly confines would have yielded a home run on that hit. The MLB average distance on home runs since 2006 is 398 feet, so he's never once hit an average-length home run.

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