Stanton Grand Slam Powers Yankees Opening Win


Giancarlo Stanton hit this grand slam in the ninth inning for New York's fourth home run of the game for the Yankees as they beat the Tampa Bay Rays 9-3.

Thing is, even though it was a battle of NL East rivals—it didn’t end til after midnight as the game was played in the neutral site of San Diego’s Petco Park.

Stanton homered to straightaway center field on a 2-2 pitch from John Curtiss with one out. The slugger took several steps with his bat still in his hands as he watched the ball sail through the warm San Diego night before beginning his trot.

A few fans chanted "Let's Go Yankees!" from a balcony on an office building just beyond right field of the mostly empty ballpark.

Kyle Higashioka and Aaron Judge hit the tying and go-ahead home runs off Blake Snell in the fifth inning. Clint Frazier hit an impressive shot into the second deck in left in the third.

The Bronx Bombers earned their nickname with the Stanton Slam as—not only have they now hit 11 home runs in their first 3 playoff games of 2020—which is the most home runs any team has ever hit in a 3-game span in the postseason—but they became the first team in American League history to hit a grand slam in back-to-back playoff games.

Source: ESPN