Twice in the first three innings Shelby Miller faced Giancarlo Stanton. Twice he surrendered home runs, with the second round-tripper the latest entry in the growing archive of Stanton’s longest and most majestic home runs.
As he has been known to do all season, Stanton took over as the story of the game in the first few innings of Monday night’s game between the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals. It would have been enough for Stanton to hit two home runs in the first three innings to give himself 31 total for the season. But it is the ridiculous distance on the second shot that truly steals the show.
Miller sent a lazy off-speed offering up Stanton’s direction, and like he has done with such hanging pitches all season, the slugger hit it a long, long way. Most hitters struggle to hit the ball over the fence at all in Miami, let alone over some of the landmarks beyond.
Shots to to the ‘Home Run Feature’ in left center field, the gaudy statue that lights up, spins and splashes water when a Marlins’ hitter homers, are rare enough on their own. What Stanton did here was hit a ball well over that feature, startling fans on the concourse who then scrambled for the souvenir.
As he rounded third base Stanton even let out a little smirk, presumably impressed with his own prowess, and rightfully so.