Heading into Wednesday night’s game in Minute Maid Park, the Yankees had never hit a home run against Dallas Keuchel. With one swing in the first inning, Giancarlo Stanton changed that. Stanton hit an opposite-field home run that just cleared the wall in right field to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead. Keuchel, who normally gives the Yankees fits when he pitches, looked human.
Then, in the fourth, Stanton hit a no-doubter to left, once again, against Keuchel, to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead.
Stanton also added an RBI double in the eighth against reliever Hector Rondon which meant that Stanton singlehandedly beat the Astros, 4-0.
After the game, Stanton, who has been struggling at the plate overall so far as a Yankee, told reporters that he knows one game won’t turn everything around. “It’s been a long time coming. But I’ve just got to be patient. It’s a long season. There are going to be games like this, and there are going to be games when you’re on the other side.”
His teammate Luis Severino, who pitched one of his best games thus far as a major leaguer on Wednesday night, and who seems tired of the Giancarlo Stanton bashing made a prediction. “At the end of the season, he’s going to hit 50 home runs,” He added, “I don’t care what anybody says. He’s a great hitter and he’s going to continue doing good stuff.”