Max Muncy knew, right away. He flung his bat down as the ball sailed toward the seats in right-center.
It was long gone.
Muncy connected for a big solo homer Sunday night, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 in Game 5 of the World Series.
The 30-year-old Muncy, who played high school baseball about 25 miles from the new Texas Rangers ballpark, went deep against Tyler Glasnow with two outs in the fifth inning. Muncy’s second career World Series homer traveled an estimated 434 feet and gave Los Angeles a 4-2 lead.
“When you connect on 100 miles an hour, there’s probably not a better feeling out there than that,” Muncy said. “That’s one of those things where I didn’t actually feel it hit the bat.”
The Dodgers took a 3-2 in the Series in pursuit of their first championship since 1988. Game 6 is Tuesday night.
With files from the Associated Press.