Giancarlo Stanton homers twice, equals career-high with five RBI as Yankees top Twins


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New York Yankees designated batter Giancarlo Stanton had arguably his best offensive performance of the year on Wednesday night, homering twice and doubling once while tying in a career high by driving in five runs as part of a 9-6 win against the Minnesota Twins.

Stanton, who went into the evening with .256/.328/.463 (121 OPS+), delivered all of his extra-base hits against Twins starter Randy Dobnak. In typical Stanton fashion, each of the three registered high exit speeds: his double in the first inning clocked in at 118 mph; his home run in the third inning at 113.6 mph; and his homer in the fifth inning at 108.5 mph.


What would an article about Stanton’s home runs be without a video of those dingers? Not one worth clicking. This is the first, which Statcast estimated at 423 feet:

And here’s the second. Statcast had this one down for 405 feet:

Stanton had recorded another multi-homer game earlier this season, coming against the Cleveland franchise in late April. The five runs batted in, meanwhile, are the most he’s made since joining the Yankees. Stanton had racked up five RBIs in five other games during his premier league career, but not more recently than August 2017, when he homered twice and hit five against the San Diego Padres as a member of the Miami Marlins.

It is worth noting that Aaron Judge also homered, making this only the 10th time the pair went deep in the same game, according to James Smyth of YES Network.

The Yankees went into the night with a bottom-five offense in Major League Baseball, as determined by their runs scored. New York scored eight points on Monday and five points on Sunday (albeit the loss), marking the second time this season that the Yankees have scored at least five runs in three consecutive games.

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