TORONTO - Austin Meadows and Brandon Lowe can argue about whose went further for a long time, because it really doesn't matter who, or if anyone, wins.
"Its tough to say,'' Meadows said. "We're just going to keep going back and forth at it, regardless.
Both had a hand in history in Friday's wild 11-7 win over the Blue Jays, launching the 21st and 22nd homers ever hit into the 500 level upper deck during 31 seasons of play at the Rogers Centre (and formerly SkyDome).
There'd never been two in the same game before, much less the in the same inning or off the same pitcher (rookie Trent Thornton). And only three of the first 20 were done by lefty hitters.
The StatCast estimates were nearly identical:
Meadows: 436 feet, 31 degree launch angle, 110.2 mph exit velocity.
Lowe: 436 feet, 31 degrees, 114.3 mph.
Fox Sports reporter Tricia Whitaker went to the upper deck and said both hit in the fourth row of seats.
"I think we'll both be happy with 436 for both of us,'' Lowe said. "I'm sure neither of us will be upset, but we'll josh back and forth over whose was hit harder or whose went farther.''
Added Meadows: *I think he hit his harder than mine. His was a little lower, mine maybe went farther. I know we both him them very well.''
Adding to the evening, both also hit another homer for their first multi-homer games in the majors.
Meadows, who has been sizzling with four homers and a 10-for-15 run over his last three games. said it was the best blast he's had.
"i felt that's about as far as I can hit it honestly,'' Meadows said. "So it felt good.''
Lowe went the modest route. "It felt good,'' he said. "As far as farthest, I don’t hit enough to know. It felt good and it went pretty far.''
Here is the complete list of the 500-level homer club, lefties marked with #:
Player, team Date Opponent
Jose Canseco, A’s 10/7/89* Jays, Mike Flanagan
Mark McGwire, A’s 7/25/96 Jays, Huck Flener
Joe Carter, Jays 7/27/96 A’s, John Wasdin, A’s
Carlos Delgado#, Jays 7/19/98 Yankees, Andy Pettitte
Jose Canseco, Jays 9/5/98 Red Sox, Bret Saberhagen
Jose Canseco, Rays 4/12/99 Jays, Graeme Lloyd
Shawn Green#, Jays 4/22/99 Angels, Tim Belcher
Manny Ramirez, Red Sox 6/3/01 Jays, Chris Carpenter
Raul Mondesi, Jays 4/17/02 Red Sox, Darren Oliver
Josh Phelps, Jays 8/29/02 Yankees, Roger Clemens
Josh Phelps, Jays 7/7/04 Mariners, Julio Mateo
Gary Sheffield, Yanks 7/28/04 Jays, Miguel Batista
Vernon Wells, Jays 9/16/04 Orioles, Rodrigo Lopez
Jayson Werth, Phillies 6/27/09 Phillies, Brad Mills
Shelly Duncan, Indians 5/31/11 Jays, Jo-Jo Reyes
Edwin Encarnacion, Jays 4/30/13 Red Sox, Jon Lester
Mike Napoli, Red Sox 8/26/14 Jays, Sergio Santos
Edwin Encarnacion, Jays 4/21/15 Orioles, Jason Garcia
Alex Dickerson#, Padres 7/25/16 Jays, Bo Schultz
Josh Donaldson, Jays 5/30/17 Reds, Asher Wojciechowski
Austin Meadows#, Rays 4/12/19 Jays, Trent Thornton
Brandon Lowe#, Rays 4/12/19 Jays, Trent Thornton