Until this point in the Brew Crew Blasts series, we've focused on home runs hit by Brewers. Today we'll take a small detour to look at some of the longest homers hit by opposing players. Brewers pitchers allowed 175 home runs in 2013, the second most in the National League, and these were the biggest.
5) Travis Snider of the Pirates off Hiram Burgos on May 16, 439 feet
Burgos only made six starts as a Brewer in 2013, but his season had a clear rise and decline. He posted a 3.00 ERA over his first three starts and an 11.91 mark over the final three. Snider's fifth inning blast was his first of the season, but the final long ball allowed by Burgos.
That hit also plated the eventual winning run in a 7-1 Pirates victory.
4) Jay Bruce of the Reds off Wily Peralta on June 16, 443 feet
A month to the day later, Wily Peralta gave up a homer that topped Burgos'. Peralta entered the game against the Reds with a 6.03 ERA and it went up after this day, when he allowed five runs (four earned) over 5.1 innings. Jay Bruce had the Reds' only homer, a solo blast in the third inning.
That was the Reds' second longest home run of the season at home.
3) Brian Bogusevic of the Cubs off Donovan Hand on September 19, 445 feet
Bogusevic isn't exactly a noted slugger, with just 17 career home runs across 299 major league games. This pinch-hit solo blast in the ninth inning off Donovan Hand was his last long ball of 2013, but he got all of it:
That was the final tally in a 5-1 Cubs win. It was also tied for the second-longest homer hit by a Cub in 2013.
2) Carlos Beltran of the Cardinals off Tom Gorzelanny on August 21, 449 feet
Carlos Beltran is a noted slugger, hitting 24 home runs in 2013 to push his career total to 358. This was easily the longest of the 24, though, nearly eclipsing 450 feet:
That bomb gave the Cardinals a 6-0 lead in a game they went on to win 8-6.
1) Matt Holliday of the Cardinals off Kyle Lohse on May 3, 458 feet
In the end, none of the others are really all that close to this one. Kyle Lohse was facing the Cardinals for the second time as a Brewer when he allowed Matt Holliday to untie a scoreless game with this two-run bomb:
Lohse was the losing pitcher in each of his first three matchups against the Cardinals before finally getting a win against them on August 20.
Brew Crew Blasts is a multi-part series looking at the longest and most notable home runs hit by Brewers in 2013. You can see them all in their special section.