Giancarlo Stanton Continues Monster Hitting Streak for Yankees

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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:

Astros Explode for 16-2 Win vs. Angels

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By Terrance Turner

April 24, 2021

The Houston Astros dazzled fans at Minute Maid Park today, racking up a slew of base hits and high-flying home runs. The Astros’ explosive offense paired with a stout defense to demolish the Los Angeles Angels. According to Astros beat reporter Brian McTaggart, the Astros set season records for hits (18), extra-base hits (11), and runs scored. They went on to win, 16-2.

The scoring got off to a hot start in the first inning, when the Astros added three runs. Carlos Correa homered to left field to give the Astros a 1-0 lead. Later in the inning, left fielder Michael Brantley scored on a single by Yordan Alvarez, and third baseman Alex Bregman advanced to third base. Then Bregman scored when Yuli Gurriel ground out to shallow infield. Yordan Alvarez out at second. The Astros led 3-0.

Angels first baseman Albert Pujols homered before the end of the first inning. Then, in the second, pitcher Shohei Ohtani hit a home run as well. But that would be the last run scored by Los Angeles. When the Astros took over, their bats were lit up. Correa hit a single, then advanced to third base after Michael Brantley doubled to right field. And then, Alex Bregman hit a home run that sent the ball soaring towards the back of the wall at Minute Maid Park. Bregman, Brantley, and Correa all scored. The Astros led 6-2.

In the fourth inning, Myles Straw scored on a center-field single by Jason Castro. Then Alex Bregman reached on a fielder’s choice to shallow infield, advancing to 2nd base. Michael Brantley made it to third. Jason Castro scored after a fielding error by Kurt Suzuki. Then both Bregman and Brantley scored (again) after a center-field single by Gurriel.

In the fifth inning, with the score 10-2, Alvarez nailed his first career triple home run. His three-run homer brought Bregman, Brantley and Castro home to score. That gave the Astros a massive 13-2 lead.

Somehow, in just five innings, the Houston Astros had racked up 13 runs. But they weren’t done yet. In the eighth, Gurriel hit a double. Then, during a commercial break by AT&T Sports, Kyle Tucker hit a 61 mph fastball to send it into the stands. That two-run homer gave the Astros 15. Straw hit a fair ball down left field for a double. Then Castro earned yet another RBI with a double that sent Straw back home. The Astros won, 16-2.

Bregman and Brantley had 4 runs apiece; Alvarez had 4 RBI. Tucker hit a two-run homer. Despite all the offensive firepower, it was pitcher Kent Emanuel who was named Player of the Game. In his MLB debut, Astros pitcher Kent Emanuel took over for the injured Jake Odorizzi, pitching for over eight innings and 26 outs. It was the longest relief appearance by an Astros pitcher since 1962, according to McTaggart. Per ESPN and the Assoiated Press, the last relief pitcher to pitch 8 and 2/3 innings in his debut was in 1974. His solid pitching helped the Astros seal an unforgettable win.