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By Terrance Turner
May 6, 2021
New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton is having a field day in the MLB. In today’s match versus the Houston Astros, Stanton extended his 11-game hitting streak to 12 by hitting his ninth home run of the season. He’s hit a home run in three straight games:
Stanton’s hot streak helped the Yankees notch a 6-3 win over the Astros yesterday in the Bronx. He went 3-for-4 with four RBI, according to CBS Sports. He hit a 3rd-inning home run off pitcher Luis Garcia at 107 mph. The ball traveled 435 feet.
That gave Stanton 20 RBIs for the season and gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead. Later, Stanton tied the game in the fifth inning with a double, according to the New York Post. But what he’d done the day before was even more impressive.
On May 4, Stanton shined again during a “Star Wars” themed telecast from New York. It was the first time the Astros had visited the Bronx since their infamous sign-stealing scandal in 2017. And the fans made their displeasure known: a hailstorm of boos rained down upon the Houston team. A sellout crowd of 10,850 fans showered the Astros with thunderous heckles. “It sounded like a full house,” Astros manager Dusty Baker told ESPN. Perhaps the loudest boos were saved for Astros player Jose Altuve (who beat out Yankees’ Aaron Judge for American League MVP in 2017.) But the crowd’s boos turned to cheers with Giancarlo Stanton stepped up to bat.
Stanton’s astronomical work helped the Yankees pull off a crowd-pleasing win. In the first inning, he hit a 2-run homer at 106 mph. His home run sailed towards the wall, traveling 367 feet (according to SB Nation). He hit a 117 mph double in the fifth, and in the sixth and eighth innings he notched singles. One of his RBIs gave the Yankees a four-run lead; they won the game, 7-3.
Stanton’s two-run homer is shown below: