Stanton smash! With the Texas Rangers inching closer and cutting into their deficit, Giancarlo Stanton hit a 449 foot bomb to the left field bleachers to extend the Yankees' lead to three Thursday night in the Bronx.
Stanton's blast was the fourth homer of the night for the Yankees. Preceding this one were a two-run upper deck blast by Aaron Hicks, a two-run shot by Miguel Andujar, and a solo jack for Neil Walker.
This fifth inning home run for Stanton was also the hardest-hit ball of the year according to Statcast, leaving the bat at a ludicrous 121.7 miles per hour. This comes a couple of days after Stanton set the then-season record for the hardest base hit at 121.1 miles per hour.
Giancarlo Stanton's HR on Thursday had an exit velocity of 121.7 MPH, the hardest-hit ball this season according to @statcast.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 10, 2018
Of the 10 hardest hit balls this season, 8 of them came from Stanton. The other two came from Gary Sánchez and Aaron Judge.
This was the sixth earned run of the game charged to Texas Rangers righty Ariel Jurado, who will certainly see his ERA rise by a significant margin by the end of the night. He had made three previous starts for the Rangers while bouncing up and down between the big league squad and Triple-A.
Prior to Thursday's game, Stanton was hitting .279 with a .517 slugging percentage. Thursday's home run was his 28th of the season, giving him 74 RBI for the year.