Giancarlo Stanton hit his first home run at Yankee Stadium as the New York Yankees also received two-run homers from Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge in a 7-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday afternoon
Stanton rebounded from striking out five times in Tuesday’s home opener for the first time in his career. On Tuesday, he heard boos after his fourth strikeout and described his performance as “garbage” afterward despite it occurring in an 11-4 win.
Stanton quickly generated a different reaction in his sixth at-bat at Yankee Stadium for the Yankees.
With one out in the first inning, Stanton launched a 1-2 slider from Blake Snell (0-1) about halfway up the left-field bleachers. Stanton’s third homer of the season traveled an estimated 458 feet with an exit velocity of 117.9 miles per hour.
Stanton also struck out three times after his second career homer at Yankee Stadium but this time did not hear any boos.
Sanchez ended a 0-for-17 skid by hitting Snell’s 3-1 changeup 369 feet at 106.4 miles per hour into the left-field seats with one on in the third to give the Yankees a 4-1 lead
Judge slugged his first homer when he capped an eight-pitch at-bat by lifting a full-count changeup from Matt Andriese 419 feet with an exit velocity of 108.9 into the left-field seats for a 7-1 advantage with one out in the fourth.
Ronald Torreyes preceded Judge’s homer with an RBI single that made it 5-1.
Luis Severino (2-0) allowed two runs and five hits in 7 1/3 effective innings and won at home for the sixth time in his last nine starts. He became the first Yankee to pitch into the seventh this season.
Severino struck out seven, walked one, got a pair of double plays and threw 92 pitches while maintaining his velocity in the late innings.
Snell allowed five runs and four hits while laboring through 3 1/3 innings. He saw a modest 13-inning scoreless streak ended when Stanton homered.
Tampa Bay’s lone runs were on a double by C.J. Cron in the first inning and a sacrifice fly by Denard Span in the eighth off Adam Warren. After Cron’s double, Severino retired 19 of the final 23 hitters before exiting to a standing ovation.
The Rays dropped their fifth straight since coming back to beat Boston on Opening Day Thursday.
—Field Level Media