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Published: Thu, April 05, 2018
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Yankees Fans Boo Giancarlo Stanton After Five Strikeouts In First Home Game

Yankees Fans Boo Giancarlo Stanton After Five Strikeouts In First Home Game

Stanton was booed in the eighth inning after the first five-strikeout game of his 11-season professional career.

"Those guys, they are great hitters, but you need to get ahead of them", said Snell, who gave up the first-inning blast to Stanton and the third-inning bomb to Sanchez before yielding to Matt Andriese, who in turn surrendered Judge's fourth-inning round-tripper.

While the homer show by the heart of the Yankees' order might not have been a big deal to Judge, it was still meaningful that each hit helped push the once-struggling sluggers back into a positive hitting direction.

Sunday: Yankees lefty Jordan Montgomery (0-0, 1.80 ERA) vs. Orioles righty Mike Wright Jr.

Stanton turned on a high slider from Blake Snell (0-1), driving the ball 458 feet to left field at 117.9 miles per hour for a two-run homer with the hardest-hit ball in the major leagues so for this young season.

The two runs snap the Yankees' starters streak of five straight games of one earned run or fewer.

117.9 - The exit velocity on Stanton's home run was not just the hardest hit homer of the season thus far, but the hardest hit ball all year, per Statcast. As he rounded third, he took an imaginary handoff from coach Phil Nevin.

"I was very bad today", he said. "Stopped playing back in high school".

"I think everyone around the game understands what a good player he is and what a big-time money player he's become", Boone said.

Kevin Kiermaier singled and struck out three times, leaving him 2 for 23 with 10 strikeouts. Cashner also faced the Yankees on July 3, 2016, for San Diego in a six-inning start and notched his lone win against NY on August 2, 2013, also for San Diego. The trio has whiffed 25 times in six games, including eight by Judge. In his first start of the season, Tanaka was solid with one run, three hits, eight Ks and 6.0 innings pitched.

"We prepare for him just as much as we prepare for the other boppers in their lineup", Archer said. "And everyone around me was doing a good job too, making it tough for the pitcher". Judge, the reigning American League home-run champ, at least had been getting on base - he owns a.444 on-base percentage for the season - whereas Sanchez had been mired in an 0-for-17 slump.

"When he squares it up", Yankees manager Aaron Boone said, "he really impacts it".

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