For the second time this home stand, New York Yankees’ outfielder Giancarlo Stanton struck out for the fifth time. The final strikeout came against Baltimore closer Brad Brach to finish out the series loss for New York.
New York had taken a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the first, then struggled to score as the Orioles chipped away at its lead throughout the rest of the game; the Orioles offense scored in six of the 12 innings played, the Yankees only managed to score in three of them. Baltimore scored the go-ahead, and game winning, run in the top of the 12th inning when Craig Gentry hit a single scoring Pedro Alvarez.
Stanton went 0-7 during the game, including the five strikeouts mentioned earlier. The platinum sombrero came with runners on first and second with two outs in the bottom of the 12th.
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After Stanton had earned his first platinum sombrero, back on April 4th, Yankees’ fans promptly booed the expensive slugger.
So far it’s been an up and down season for the nine-year veteran as he’s currently hitting .200/.317/.514 and posting a wRC+ of 135 — his high wRC+ is because of his unsustainably high of .314. Stanton’s on base percentage is so low because he currently has an unsustainably high strikeout rate of 36.6% and his low BABIP of .235 (remember, home runs don’t negatively or positively impact BABIP because they aren’t in play). Despite all of the negatives this season, the veteran outfielder has already been worth .3 wins through 2018’s first ten games.
In case you’re wondering, Stanton’s career strikeout rate is 27.8%…his K% should drop as he gets used to hitting American League pitching.