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Stanton Goes Deep Twice In Yankees Debut
Giancarlo Stanton began his offensive outburst as a Yankee without delay. First, Brett Gardner reached base on a fielding error to former Yankee Curtis Granderson. Next, Aaron Judge struck out. Then, Stanton took the second pitch he saw from Blue Jay starter JA Happ and ripped it over the right field fence for a 2-run home run.
According to Statcast, the 117.3 mph exit velocity of Stanton’s home run is the fastest ever recorded for an opposite field shot.
Later, in the top of the fifth inning, Stanton doubled to center field, scoring Aaron Judge. Following Stanton, Gary Sanchez followed with a double of his own, driving in Stanton to put the Yankees up 4-0.
Aaron Judge finished the game 2 for 4 with a walk and a run scored.
In the 9th, Stanton would knock his second home run of the game against Tyler Clippard. By the time the game was over, Stanton had tallied three hits, three runs, and four RBIs.
Overall the Yankees’ offense combined for 11 hits, spread out through seven different batters.
Blue Jays Bats No Match for Yankees Pitchers
Luis Severino was sharp in his first career Opening Day start. He pitched 5.2 innings, struck out seven Blue Jay batters and walked three. The only Blue Jay to get a hit off Severino was Granderson.
Due to Severino’s pitch count nearing 100, he turned the ball over to Chad Green, who struck out three batters in 1.1 innings. Dellin Betances gave up the only run of the game in the eighth, a solo shot to Blue Jays’ center fielder Kevin Pillar.
Finally, Aroldis Chapman came in and pitched a scoreless 9th, striking out two. He needed only 10 pitches to end the frame, 8 of which were strikes.
The Yankees pitchers were stellar, holding the Blue Jays batters to only two hits all game.
Next, the Yankees will send Masahiro Tanaka to face the Blue Jays on Friday at 7:07PM EDT. On the mound for the Jays will be Aaron Sanchez.