Reds outfielder TJ Friedl showcases pinpoint accuracy with homer against Rockies

He'll never do that again. Never!
Cincinnati Reds outfielder TJ Friedl
Cincinnati Reds outfielder TJ Friedl / Thearon W. Henderson/GettyImages

TJ Friedl had a hole-in-one on Wednesday afternoon in Denver, and he wasn't even playing golf. The Cincinnati Reds outfielder sent a two-run bomb over the fence during the fifth inning of Wednesday's series finale, and the ball landed perfectly in a garbage can that was situated in the visiting team's bullpen.

With the Reds trailing 4-2 in the fourth inning with Jonathan India on first base, Friedl swung at the 3-2 offering from Colorado Rockies starter Dakota Hudson. The ball had plenty of carry, and as Colorado's right fielder watched the ball clear the fence, the Reds' relief corps watched it drop directly into a garbage can.

Reds OF TJ Friedl showcases pinpoint accuracy with homer against Rockies

Once the ball splashed into the can, you could see every member of the Reds' bullpen pointing and celebrating. The blast was Friedl's second round-tripper of the Reds' six-game road trip, as the outfielder is starting to heat up following a tough stint on the injured list.

Friedl began the year on the IL after fracturing his wrist while diving for a ball during a Cactus League game during spring training. After a lengthy rehab, Friedl returned to the field in May only to be sidelined again after being hit on the hand by a pitch. It was a demoralizing stretch for last year's team MVP. The Reds sorely missed Friedl's leadership and his play on the field.

But after his ace on Wednesday afternoon in Denver, the 28-year-old is hitting .261/.433/.522 in over the last seven days. And Friedl isn't the only Reds player who's heating up. Jake Fraley, Jonathan India, Jeimer Candelario, and Elly De La Cruz have all been swinging the bat better of late.

The Reds already took the series from the Rockies after winning the first two games at Coors Field. Friedl's two-run shot tied the game and put Cincinnati in position to make a comeback late in the game.

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