Giancarlo Stanton might not have the ability to put the Yankees on his again, however he’s actually making an attempt.
The Yankees slugger homered for a fifth straight sport Wednesday night time, although it got here too late in an 8-4 loss to the Rays in Recreation 3 of the ALDS at Petco Park in San Diego.
Stanton’s two-run shot, which traveled an estimated 410 ft within the eighth inning off Shane McClanahan, made him the primary participant to homer in his group’s first 5 video games of the postseason. He enters Thursday’s Recreation 4 one lengthy ball shy of Daniel Murphy’s MLB document of homering in six straight video games for the Mets in 2015.
“I really feel good,” Stanton stated. “Hitting’s tough any method you take a look at it, however simply actually sticking to good plans over something. If I stick with my plan, I’ll be wonderful. If you happen to fall into [the pitcher’s], unhealthy issues occur.”
After lacking greater than half of the common season with accidents, Stanton has been a drive within the playoffs. He added a single Wednesday night time — his first hit of the 2020 postseason that wasn’t a house run — and is now batting 7-for-19 (.368) with six residence runs and 7 strikeouts. Stanton has pushed in 10 runs and scored 4, making him accountable for 14 of the Yankees’ 18 runs within the sequence.
“It’s been unimaginable,” Aaron Judge stated. “That is the kind of participant that I knew he’s, he’s at all times been. … It’s been enjoyable to observe up to now, we simply must step up as a group and assist him as he retains doing his factor.”
Enjoying in his residence state of California, Stanton’s present playoff run has been a far cry from his previous Octobers with the Yankees. In 2018, he went 5-for-22, homering within the wild-card sport towards the A’s earlier than largely going quiet within the ALDS loss to the Crimson Sox. Final yr, he hit 3-for-13 with one residence run and strained his quad towards the Astros within the ALCS.
Now he can be tasked with developing massive once more on Thursday to assist be sure that the Yankees keep away from one other playoff exit.
Stanton’s 5 hits within the sequence are tied with Aaron Hicks for the group lead, however other than these two and DJ LeMahieu, the Yankees have largely been lacking massive hits towards the Rays’ robust pitching employees.
“They’ve thrown some good pitching at us, however on the similar time, we’re nice hitters,” Stanton stated. “We haven’t put up like we should always the previous couple of video games, nevertheless it’s OK. We all know what we have to do. What’s in entrance of us is in entrance of us.”