By mid-June standards, this week's series between the Brewers and Cardinals is pretty important. The Brewers came into Thursday in first place in the NL Central, though the Cardinals are only 3 1/2 games back. (The Cubs are only two back.)

The Cardinals won the first game in the afternoon game of Tuesday's doubleheader, then the Brewers bounced back with wins Tuesday night and Wednesday. Thursday's game (GameTracker) is a chance for Milwaukee to push the Cardinals even further back in the standings. St. Louis wants to keep the Brewers close, of course.

In the second inning of Thursday's game, Keon Broxton clobbered a monster two-run home run that traveled 489 feet. 489 feet! Look at this thing:

Broxton made sure he showed off his muscles after that monster dinger:

That is the longest home run at the current incarnation of Busch Stadium, and not by a small margin either. The previous record was a 477-foot bomb by Brandon Moss last season.

The home run was Broxton's ninth of the season and also the second longest by any player in 2017. Yankees slugger/planet-eater Aaron Judge hit a 495-foot home run this past weekend.