Giancarlo Stanton Has 1st 5-Strikeout Game of Career in Yankee Stadium Debut

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistApril 3, 2018

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 03:  Giancarlo Stanton #27 of the New York Yankees strikes out in the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays during Opening Day at Yankee Stadium on April 3, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Giancarlo Stanton's debut at Yankee Stadium wasn't one to remember, as the reigning National League MVP struck out five times for the New York Yankees in their 11-4 win against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Per Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal, Tuesday marked the first time in Stanton's career he was punched out five times in a game. 

Per MLB.com's Andrew Simon, Stanton did join an exclusive list of Yankees in history with his rough game against the Rays:

Andrew Simon @AndrewSimonMLB

Yankees to strike out 5 times in a game at home: Giancarlo Stanton (2018) Melky Cabrera (2007) Johnny Broaca (1934)

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times noted fans at Yankee Stadium were already raining down some boos on Stanton. 

This result was a far cry from Stanton's season debut with the Yankees on Thursday when he went 3-for-5 with two home runs, one double and drove in four runs in a 6-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

In the four games since that performance, Stanton has gone 1-for-14 with one double and eight strikeouts. 

The good news for Stanton is there's still a lot of baseball left to be played this season. He hasn't even played a full week of games yet, so the backlash from Yankees fans likely won't last as soon as he gets his first hit in the Bronx. 


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