Stanton still silent with Yankees
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.”