Giancarlo Stanton hit the New York Yankees 266th home run of the season extending an MLB record with a drive to left field, then got a surprise
Giancarlo Stanton hit the New York Yankees 266th home run of the season on Saturday extending a Major League Baseball record with a drive to left field, then got a surprise. A strong-armed fan sitting in the seats above the Boston Red Sox famous Green Monster threw the souvenir back, and the ball bounced into Stanton as he rounded second base.
Boston fans cheered when the fan let loose and Stanton smiled when the throw reached him on a bounce. Stanton gave a quick salute to the man.I wouldnt have thought it got to me that fast with a fan throwing it. Ive never seen it happen before, Stanton said.The fan was later escorted out of the stadium by security.
Gleyber Torres and Stanton ensured the playoff-bound Yankees now have the major league record for most home runs in a season, as they beat the Red Sox 8-5 for their 100th win this year.Im happy for them. They work really hard at their craft, and its a result of a lot of people having success, manager Aaron Boone said.
Torres hit a two-run drive in the fourth inning that gave the Yankees the outright record, and Stanton added to it with his 38th of the season in the seventh. A lot of cool things happened for our team today, so it was a good day, said Stanton, who also had an RBI single in the first and reached 100 RBIs in his first season with New York.
The Yankees have one more chance to add to the record total Sunday as they try to complete a three-game series sweep against the AL East champion Red Sox, who they could meet again next week in the playoffs.
The Yankees, who will host Oakland in the AL wild-card game on Wednesday, improved to 100-61 that still left them far behind the Red Sox, who have set a franchise record for victories in going 107-54.
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