Giancarlo Stanton turned on a 92 mph pitch from Sean Armstrong and sent the ball soaring into the spectator bullpen and left field bleachers of Yankee Stadium.
The game’s first night of the season echoed the Yankees’ younger crowd.
When the ball came down, it landed in a fan gathering area called the Fan’s Red Hot terrace, 471 feet from home plate, near the newly opened deep seats.
The eighth Grand Slam of Stanton’s career led the Younties to a 7–0, Monday night win over Baltimore and gave the Orioles their first loss this season.
“It’s like everything rolls in sync and, yeah, like sometimes things don’t go into a blackout, but just no sound,” said Stanton, even compared to the most prominent leaguers in the ball. Can try to explain the feeling of launching.
He said, “There is nothing but watching the flight of the ball.” “You don’t know anything else that’s going on. It’s a very quiet feeling. It’s hard to describe very specific.”
The Yankees were 1–0 on Aaron Judge’s fourth inning homer when starter Jorge Lopez (0–1) stepped onto the bases loaded in the fifth and Armstrong forced Aris Hicks into the run.
Stanton followed with the longest homer of the young season.
“The way he kills them is just different. It’s like nothing else,” said Yankees manager Aaron Boone. “He There is a unicorn. I mean, that ball was so pure on one night, where it probably wasn’t flying well and hit through the stadium itself.
Stanton had a smell when he hit first, dropping to 0 for 9.
He said, “I try my best when I’m out there, so I can’t worry about all of that.”
Armstrong, making his season debut after coming off the paternity list, reached the mound. After an opening, sweep in Boston, the Orioles never closed after that.
Three postseason wins were also included when the judge and Stanton Homer improved to 8–0 in the same game.
The judge rushed for a thigh-high-fastball for his go-ahead homer in the fourth. The 344-foot, opposite-field drive to the right-field short porch would be the home run at only two other big league ballparks: Houston and Seattle. The judge reached 120 fastest in second place in 428 games, behind only Ryan Howard’s 391.
“I don’t think mine went as far as Big G, but they still count wherever they go,” the judge said.
The judge and Stanton both scored their first home runs of the season.
“People say it doesn’t weigh on you, but sometimes it weighs on you,” the judge admitted.
Left-hander Jordan Montgomery (1-0) delivered four hits in six innings with seven strikes and no walks.
Montgomery inspired 14 swings and misses between 73 pitches, including eight on the changes and four on the curbball. With another year to strengthen since Tommy John’s surgery in June 2018, he jumped to 94.5 mph from the previous season’s average of 92.6 mph.
“Just attack the hitter with four different pitches,” he said. “There was a lot in the zone and was able to expand when needed.”
Luis Kesa and Errolis Chapman combined for three innings of hitless relief. Chapman made three runs in his season debut after completing a two-season suspension while throwing at a top speed of 101 mph.
Baltimore wanted to make their first 4–0 start since 2017 but wound up with a familiar result instead. The Yankees have won 11 straight home games against the Orioles since May 2019, with a franchise record, outscoring Baltimore 69-28.
Lopez gave up four runs and three hits in 4 plus innings, as well as Baltimore’s three runs in seven innings.
“They were grinding every at-bat,” he said.