Target’s iconic logo almost became a target for Giancarlo Stanton on Wednesday night.
The first of two Stanton home runs and the second of the Yankees’ four long balls in a 9-6 win over the Twins – traveled 423 feet to center field and landed somewhere near the hard-to-reach logo on Target Field. Stanton’s five RBIs were his first in exactly one month, ending a 12-game drought dating back to May 9.
“He’s a very dynamic player and a lot of it is in your face,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said of Stanton. “You watch him come into the box as a very physical guy with the kind of strength that very few people in any professional sport have.”
Aaron Judge hit a homerun as the game’s second hitter and Miguel Andujar scored for the fifth time in eight games, but Stanton delivered the three-point explosion the Yankees have become so dependent on. The judge doubled down on third and Gleyber Torres walked past Stanton, who grabbed a 0-2 flat slider in the middle of the plate and threw him towards the luxury club seats above the grassy batter’s eye. .
“He’s the kind of guy who gets things done in a hurry,” Baldelli said. “He’s looking for a ground to strike. He is rocking. He can look bad on a pitch or two, then immediately turn around in a game on his own. That’s why he is what he is.
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Stanton was 2 for 5 with a pair of singles in the series opener on Tuesday. His three hits on Wednesday were from Randy Dobnak, including his second homer, also from 0-2, which just broke the 23-foot-high wall in right center field.
“They were two-hitting mistakes,” Stanton said of his home runs. “Stay through the ball and don’t roll those pitches.”
The Yankees were 8-4 from April 23 to May 6, when Stanton hit 0.481 with a 1.413 OPS, six homers and 11 RBIs in 52 at-bat. Stanton’s bat cooled in the days that followed and he was suspended May 14-27 due to a quad strain. Upon his return, his power did not. Stanton came in Thursday averaging .138 with 12 strikeouts in 29 batting appearances in the last nine games.
“My balance is sometimes upset even though I stay to play,” said Stanton. “Sometimes you come back and you feel good right away. Sometimes you need to stay a little better in your legs and through the ball. I just have to keep this going.
More frustrating for Yankees fans, who rained boos on him during last week’s homestand flop, is the $ 325 million slugger’s inability to play for more than three consecutive days despite his job as a hitter. designated. His comeback coincided with a 2-6 Yankees stretch.
“You plan a tentative week and see how things go from day to day,” Stanton said. “As we move away from me so as not to play for a few weeks, I can be more present and not have to take days.”
The Yankees are 6-3 when Stanton hits home runs, thwarting popular conspiracy theory that too many of his home runs are late in losses.
Before Wednesday, he had a career home run in 15 games against the Twins – his least against an opponent other than the Marlins, his longtime team.