Former Cub Nicholas Castellanos made a futile attempt at catching Ian Happ's leadoff homer.
Former Cub Nicholas Castellanos made a futile attempt at catching Ian Happ's leadoff homer.

WATCH: Ian Happ powers out leadoff home run that bounces off foul pole


by - Senior Writer -

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.

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