WATCH: Murphy smokes 411-foot blast to lead off game with home run
Daniel Murphy opened a game with a home run for the first time in his career. (Photo Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports)
CHICAGO — Going yard to lead off the first at-bat of the first game of the last Crosstown Classic series of the season, Chicago Cubs second baseman Daniel Murphy swatted a 411-foot skyball just inside the foul pole in right field on Friday. With the solo jack, Murphy put the Cubs up 1-0 over the rival Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field.
The dinger marked Murphy's first-ever home run to lead off a game. It also served as Murphy's 12th long ball and 39th RBI of the season. Coming on a changeup thrown by White Sox starting pitcher Reynaldo Lopez in the top of the first, the round-tripper left the bat at 103 miles per hour and at an angle of 35 degrees.