Triston Casas hit his second MLB homer in first game at bat against the Yankees


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Casas ripped a 411-foot blast off the DraftKings backboard at Fenway Park.

Triston Casas gets a laundry cart ride after his home run against the Yankees. Jim Davis/Globe Staff

Red Sox first baseman Triston Casas was mired in a 2-for-21 slump heading into Tuesday’s game, but got away with it in his first career at bat against the Yankees.

After a scoreless first inning, Casas showed up for his first plate appearance of the night with Rafael Devers in third. Facing a 2-0 count, Casas connected hard on a 98mph fastball from Yankees ace Gerritt Cole – driving it over the green monster and out of a DraftKings backboard behind the bleachers.

Here is a glance homer.

Baseball Savant homered at 411 feet with an exit speed of 108.6 mph.

When he arrived in Boston, Casas noted that the monster could catch a lot of his homers and turn them into doubles.

“My pull-side home runs go far enough to go over the bullpen,” he said at the time. “My shots on the opposite court are going to come out of the Monster quite frequently. I think it will play very well for my swing. I’m excited to have consistent at bats and see what kind of numbers I’m going to put up.

Casas’ slow start to his MLB career didn’t worry Red Sox manager Alex Cora much.

“He controls the area. It’s not growing,” Cora said recently. “He has an understanding of the strike zone. The strike zone does not control it; he controls the strike zone, which is very different. He puts good swings on good pitches.

Casas persuaded a walk in his second at bat. The 22-year-old prospect is No. 26 in the MLB Pipeline top 100 and No. 2 in the entire Red Sox organization.



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