Jorge Soler made like Albert Pujols vs. Brad Lidge, hitting a home run 446 feet onto the train tracks at Minute Maid Park to give the Atlanta Braves a 3-0 lead in Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday night.
Soler’s mammoth three-run blast against Houston Astros right-hander Luís García in the third inning put the Braves on the board first in their second attempt to clinch their first MLB championship since 1995.
Soler worked the count full, fouling off a pair of fastballs before getting an 83.4 mph cutter that he cut right through. It left his bat at 109.6 mph and landed above the Crawford Boxes, on the choo-choo tracks, in left field. Minute Maid was built on the site of and resembles in spots, an old municipal train station.
Soler’s hit looked a lot like the three-run job that Pujols, playing for the St. Louis Cardinals, famously hit against Astros closer Brad Lidge in Game 5 of the 2005 NLCS. Pujols’ homer, which overcame a 4-2 deficit, went a reported 455 feet to give the Cards a lead. The Astros rebounded to win in Game 6 but fell in the World Series to the White Sox.