Giancarlo Stanton is back in action.
The New York Yankees slugger and designated hitter had been out with left Achilles tendonitis, but he made his return last night and immediately made his presence felt in the Yanks’ lineup.
New York busted out for 13 runs against the struggling Oakland Athletics, and Stanton drove in three runs, two of which came on a two-run single to left field in the top of the second inning.
It may not have gone far, but it was hit very hard, which is something that Stanton can do very well.
Off the bat, the ball traveled out to left field at a 117.7 mph exit velocity.
117.7 mph exit velo 💪
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Stanton Mashes Another Baseball
Stanton can sure hit the ball pretty hard, even if it’s just a simple line drive out to left field.
It helped the Yankees put the game out of reach early as they took it right to the Athletics, picking up their fourth consecutive win after a terrible start to the month of August.
Stanton’s return appears to have made an immediate positive impact on the Yankees and their lineup.
Though he’s hitting just .229 on the season, Stanton has hit 24 home runs and driven in 64 runs, posting an .805 OPS.
Though the bottom of the order did most of the work last night, Stanton sure came back in style, smacking that ball out to left field with incredible force.
Stanton has a unique ability to crush baseballs, and he put it on full display in his official return from the injured list.
The Yankees are going to need him to stay healthy and keep mashing baseballs if they want to stay on track, but it’s clear that having him back helped them out tremendously last night.