Stanton’s bomb pivots Yankees to a stunning comeback win in Toronto

Yankees Giancarlo Stanton takes position before hitting a huge 437-foot home run off Toronto righty Erik Swanson at 111.8 miles per hour at Roger Center on April 17, 2024.
Michael Bennington
Thursday April 18, 2024

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For most Yankees fans, the team was not in contention in Game 3 against the Toronto Blue Jays until Aron Judge hit a two-run single to give them a decisive 4-3 lead. But it was Giancarlo Stanton, who ignited the comeback that resulted in the 6-4 win.

Leading off the top of the ninth inning with the Yankees trailing by two runs, Stanton stepped into the batter’s box and promptly launched a massive 437-foot home run that soared into the second deck of left field at Rogers Centre. This electrifying blast ignited a four-run rally, propelling the Yankees to a dramatic 6-4 victory.

Aaron Judge, the team’s usual offensive catalyst, acknowledged the transformative power of Stanton’s homer. “That’s what got everybody going,” he said, describing the prevailing lethargy that had plagued the Yankees throughout the game. Both offensively and defensively, the team lacked their usual intensity. Judge mentioned how players kept encouraging each other to elevate their performance, but it wasn’t until Stanton’s mammoth blast that the energy truly shifted.

“He damn near hit it out of the stadium, so I think that’s what got everybody going,” the captain said. “All game, I felt like we were a little flat offensively, even defensively. We were talking every single inning, ‘Hey, just pick it up a notch.’ Finally Big G stepped up and he picked it up a notch for us. I think that really got us going.”

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Prior to the ninth inning, the Yankees had mustered a mere six hits against Toronto’s pitching staff. However, Stanton’s heroics sparked a remarkable turnaround. In the final frame, the Yankees erupted for five hits, snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. While both Jose Trevino‘s game-tying single and Judge’s go-ahead hit were crucial in the comeback, both players credited Stanton’s home run as the turning point that re-energized the team.

Manager Aaron Boone summed up the impact perfectly: “Then it was like, ‘All right, here we go.'”

“That was big,” the manager said. “It was like, ‘Alright, here we go.’ Thought G had good at-bats today. And then obviously really got into one there.”

This sentiment was echoed by Juan Soto, who said, “I think Giancarlo’s ball gets everybody going,” Soto’s solo homer in the eighth inning had trimmed the deficit to 4-2. Stanton’s monumental hit undeniably provided the significant boost that propelled the Yankees to victory.

Stanton pivots Yankees to comeback win, credits team effort

Giancarlo Stanton, the catalyst behind the Yankees‘ dramatic ninth-inning rally, spoke with clarity about his pivotal home run. He explained how his blast shrank the deficit to just one run, creating a critical window of opportunity. With only three outs remaining, the Yankees were now a single swing away from knotting the score.

Stanton emphasized the team’s collective mindset: quality at-bats, putting the ball in play, and applying pressure on the Blue Jays’ pitching staff. His home run, he said, simply fueled the Yankees’ determination to stage a comeback.

Yankees Giancarlo Stanton runs after hitting a huge 437-foot home run off Toronto righty Erik Swanson at 111.8 miles per hour at Roger Center on April 17, 2024.

“I’m seeing the ball well,” Stanton acknowledged. “My balance has been pretty good. So yeah, just keep building off of it.”

“A bunch of guys were able to have good at-bats and put the ball in play and make it tough on them. Pure team win, for sure.”

He further elaborated on the psychological shift brought about by his blast. Trailing by one run is vastly different than being down by two or three. Every at-bat held immense significance in this tight situation. Stanton went on to praise his teammates’ contributions: Jose Trevino’s clutch pinch-hit, Aaron Judge’s disciplined approach that led to the go-ahead run, and Juan Soto’s consistent performance throughout the game. He stressed that the victory was a collective effort by the entire team.

Stanton’s game-changing home run was his team-leading fifth of the season, coming in just his 15th game played. He ended the day batting .254 with an OPS of .861.

Reflecting on his own performance, Stanton expressed confidence in his current hitting form. He cited his strong sense of balance at the plate and his ability to read pitches effectively. Looking ahead, Stanton emphasized the importance of maintaining this momentum and building upon his recent successes as the season progresses.

Stanton’s 437-foot moonshot off Erik Swanson blasted off at 111.8 miles per hour. He notched an overall result of 1-for-3 at Rogers Center.

Though his current batting averages of .254 and .302 for standard and on-base, respectively, won’t set the world ablaze, that .559 slugging percentage hints at the devastating power that still lurks within his mammoth frame. The former MVP has already mashed five big flies to lead the Bomber brigade while plating 10 runs with his thunderous strokes. And after a strikeout-laden start, the big man has found his groove, slashing a robust .343/.429/.709 for a blistering 1.138 OPS across his last nine contests, going yard four times and driving in nine over that span.

Admittedly, it’s a small sample size, but an encouraging one nonetheless for a slugger who spent the previous two seasons hobbled by injuries and muddling through an unsightly .202/.286/.442 slash line. If this recent burst proves a harbinger of sustained dominance, pitchers around the league may soon be reminded why Stanton once claimed the game’s highest individual honor.

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