WATCH: Ian Happ powers out leadoff home run that bounces off foul pole
|Saturday, August 29, 2020, 8:03 PM- -|
CINCINNATI — Benefiting from a lucky bounce, Ian Happ powered out a leadoff home run in the first plate appearance of Saturday evening's contest at Great American Ball Park. Happ hit a 331-footer that bounced off the padding at the top of the right field wall before ricocheting off the foul pole for a home run that boasted a steep launch angle of 46 degrees.
Cincinnati Reds starter Tejay Antone gave up the round-tripper, Happ's seventh of the season, on a slider that broke over the plate. The umpiring crew reviewed the home run, and the call stood, giving the Cubs an early 1-0 lead. Happ has now recorded two leadoff blasts this summer.
From @ESPNStatsInfo: Ian Happ's leadoff HR was hit with a launch angle of 46 degrees.Tied for the highest launch angle on a HR this year and is the highest launch angle on a Cubs HR in the Statcast era (since 2015). It had a 2% hit probability based on exit velo and launch angle— Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) August 30, 2020