Stan­ton still silent with Yan­kees

Lethbridge Herald - - SPORTS -

Gian­carlo Stan­ton was the only Yan­kees bop­per who didn’t get in on the hit pa­rade against his for­mer team when New York played Derek Jeter’s Mi­ami Marlins for the first time.

Didi Gre­go­rius home­red twice for the sec­ond time this sea­son, Gary Sanchez had three hits and three RBIs and Aaron Judge be­came the fastest ma­jor lea­guer to hit 60 ca­reer homers, pow­er­ing the Yan­kees to a 12-1 rout Mon­day night.

Gre­go­rius hit a two-run homer in the fourth in­ning off the sec­ond deck in right field and a solo drive in the sev­enth that struck an ad be­hind the Yan­kees bullpen in right-cen­tre. He has five homers this sea­son.

“We’re just see­ing a re­ally good player in the prime of his ca­reer,” Yan­kees man­ager Aaron Boone said.

New York had 15 hits, in­clud­ing five dou­bles and three homers. Ev­ery starter ex­cept Stan­ton got at least one hit against the last-place Marlins, who dropped to 4-12.

Stan­ton was 0 for 3 with two more strike­outs, a bases-loaded foulout, a walk and a hit by pitch, prompt­ing more boos from rest­less Yan­kees fans. It was his first reg­u­lar-sea­son game against the team he played for from 2010-17.

“It wasn’t that weird. I think once I go to Mi­ami that will be pretty weird for me,” Stan­ton said. “It was just good to see the guys and, ob­vi­ously, get a good win.”

Judge’s fourth home run this sea­son gave him 60 in 197 games, five fewer than Mark McGwire. New York scored in each of the first five in­nings and built an 11-0 lead for Luis Sev­erino (3-1), who al­lowed one hit in six score­less in­nings and struck out eight.

Jeter did not at­tend the first game be­tween the teams since the for­mer Yan­kees cap­tain be­came Marlins CEO last Oc­to­ber.

An­other for­mer Yan­kees cap­tain was in Mi­ami’s dugout: Don Mat­tingly. Start­ing his third sea­son as Marlins man­ager, Mat­tingly was wel­comed by the Bleacher Crea­tures, who chanted “Don-nie Base-ball!” dur­ing their first-in­ning Roll Call. He tipped his cap in ac­knowl­edge­ment and later was given a video trib­ute.

“It’s al­ways nice. Not giv­ing up all those runs would have been a bet­ter greet­ing,” Mat­tingly said.

Stan­ton was a four-time All-Star, two-time NL home run cham­pion and reign­ing NL MVP when he was dealt to the Yan­kees in De­cem­ber as part of a Jeter-di­rected pay­roll purge.

The slug­ger sent a foul ball into the left-field up­per deck be­fore his walk con­trib­uted to a two-run first against for­mer Yan­kees pitcher Caleb Smith (0-2). Stan­ton’s fifth-in­ning strike­out trig­gered scat­tered boos, and loud ones fol­lowed when he fanned on three pitches in the sev­enth — rais­ing his strike­out to­tal to 27 in 15 games. Stan­ton is hit­ting .210 with three homers and 10 RBIs.

“It’s New York. You strug­gle, you pay, right? That’s all there is to it. It’s a day-in, day-out place. It don’t mat­ter what you did last year,” Mat­tingly said be­fore the game. “You don’t re­ally have any money in the bank.”

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