DENVER -- Those who witnessed Brandon Belt's long-distance home run Friday probably described it in superlatives, logically enough. "Awesome," they might say. "Crushed." Not to mention "spectacular, titanic, gargantuan."
But only Belt really knew how it felt to drive a baseball into Coors Field's upper deck, a feat that San Francisco's first baseman accomplished in Friday's sixth inning as the Giants outscored the Colorado Rockies, 11-8.
"It's almost like you were hitting a T-ball," Belt said. "You hear the crack of the bat and you know which way it's going."
The 2-0 pitch from Rockies starter Kyle Kendrick that Belt redirected mainly went up. It traveled along an unlikely parabola before settling into the third level, which tops Coors Field's seating areas and provides perches for thirsty fans who love visiting the nearby taverns as much as watching baseball.
Belt's fourth homer of the season, all coming in his last six games, drove in Buster Posey and gave the Giants a 3-0 lead. It was the 34th homer to reach that level in Coors Field's 20 years of existence. Belt, Belt, whose drive traveled 475 feet and left his bat at 107 mph as tracked by Statcast™, became the 20th player to smash an upper-deck homer here.
"It's probably off the wall in San Fran, though," Belt jokingly said, referring to AT&T Park's spacious dimensions and tall barriers that discourage power hitting. By the way, Belt happens to have socked four "Splash Hits" into McCovey Cove during his Giants career at AT&T Park.
Making Belt's smash all the more remarkable was the fact that Kendrick's pitch was an 83 mph changeup. This meant Belt had to provide most of his own power. Then again, knowledge is power, as Belt explained. His 3-for-5 performance, which lifted his batting average to .317, suggested he was indeed doing something right.
"You could probably say that I had a good idea of what pitch I was going to get," he said.