Cards’ McGwire Hits 34th Home Run
CLEVELAND (AP) _ Mark McGwire hit his 34th home run Wednesday night against Cleveland, ending a drought of 18 at-bats without a homer.
McGwire, who hadn’t homered since hitting No. 33 in the upper deck at the Astrodome on Thursday, hit a solo shot in the fourth against Jaret Wright. It landed about 10 rows from the top of the left-field bleachers and was estimated at 433 feet.
It gave the St. Louis first baseman 34 homers in 70 games, as he challenges Roger Maris’ record of 61 homers in a season. McGwire is on pace to hit 75 if he plays in all the Cardinals’ remaining 86 games.
With Cleveland leading 12-2, Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa took McGwire out of the game and replaced him at first base with Brian Hunter as the Indians batted in the sixth. He was 2-for-3.
Hunter came up in McGwire’s spot in the seventh with the bases loaded. He reached on an error.
McGwire hit the Jacobs Field scoreboard for the fourth time in his career during batting practice. He is the only player to reach it in BP or a regular game. He owns the two longest homers at the Jake, hit in the same game last April 30 while with Oakland. The first was a 485-blast off Orel Hershiser that dented a beer sign on the left-field scoreboard.
McGwire’s eighth career homer at Jacobs Field tied him with Frank Thomas and Juan Gonzalez for the most by a visiting player.