Yankees Fans Rip Giancarlo Stanton Amid Historically Awful Start To Season

Paola Ditto
Aprile 20, 2018

On a cold night in The Bronx, the Blue Jays couldn't get their bats to heat up, dropping the first game of a four-game series at Yankee Stadium, 4-3.

After an absolutely demoralizing 9-1 loss to the Marlins Tuesday, the Yankees rebounded with a much-needed 4-3 victory Thursday night in the opener of a 4-game set with the Blue Jays.

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An inning later Luke Maile would once again single, this time driving in the game-tying run in Yangervis Solarte, knotting the game at two apiece. Two timely groundouts later, a 90 miles per hour fastball would trickle away off the glove of Gary Sanchez for a passed ball, scoring Maile, trimming the Yankee lead to 2-1. Leadoff hitter Devon Travis struck out on a 100-mph fastball, then Steve Pearce and Teoscar Hernandez whiffed on 101-mph heaters.

Thursday's game also marked the first time this season the Jays failed to hit a home run in a road game.

Sabathia, who had been out with a sore right hip, pitched four and one-third innings, allowing four hits and two runs, neither of which was earned. It was Judge's 61st homer in 199 career games, the fastest to 61 home runs in major league history, the record previously held by Mark McGwire, who did it in 204 games.

Just as important was Judge busting it to first base in the fifth to break up an inning-ending double play because Didi Gregorius followed with a tie-breaking single that put the Yankees ahead for good at 3-2. After Wade's hit, the ninth batter, Ronald Torreyes, hit a single just over the reach of short stop Diaz to score Walker from third.

The 4th inning passed ball off Sanchez would be one of two for the night, totaling three on the young season.

If there was a complaint on a day when most things went right for the Yankees, it was a pair of passed balls by Gary Sanchez, the catcher who sometimes struggles to catch.

NY jumped ahead again in the fifth when Didi Gregorius shot a single to right field to score Torreyes from third.

It's been a rough April for Giancarlo Stanton.

Yankees left-handed fireballer Aroldis Chapman was called upon to close the game in the ninth with NY ahead 4-3, and that's just what he did - striking out Travis, Pearce and, with the 36,665 in attendance on their feet, striking out Hernandez.

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