G-Force arrived in The Bronx Tuesday night just in time for the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry.
It was Giancarlo Stanton who kept the rampaging Yankees afloat with two solo home runs, allowing Aaron Judge to single in the go-ahead run in the seventh against Joe Kelly in a thrilling 3-2 win over the Red Sox, as the Yankees tied the Red Sox for the best record in the majors at 25-10.
Both home runs came against Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz, and were different as night and day against the lefty. Stanton lined a rocket down the left-field line to lead off the second, a ball that was hit 111.5 mph and never got over 44 feet high.
It was a home run that could have come from the swing of Paul Bunyan’s ax. After that homer the Yankee dugout went bonkers with Judge and CC Sabathia imitating the mighty hack.
Aaron Boone called it “a super-hero’s swing.’’
Nearly an hour after the game Yankee players were still talking about the home run in their clubhouse and trying to recreate the big man’s swing.
“You can only do that if you have incredible power,’’ Didi Gregorius said as he waggled his fingers like Stanton and took a mighty chop.
In the fourth, Stanton lifted a majestic fly to right, this ball hit 98 feet at its apex. All the boos from early in the season turned to cheers for Stanton.
A Yankee moment really takes place in October, not May, but this was a warning shot, two from Stanton, an indication what kind of damage he can do in this series.
The slugger is feeling at home in the rivalry.
“Good times,’’ Stanton said of the celebration in the dugout after the first home run as the Yankees won for the 16th time in 17 games. “Just trying to keep my hands inside the ball. Keep rolling. We’re right there where we need to be.’’
Stanton said he is getting his routine down as a Yankee.
He feels more at home because Judge has a way of bringing teammates together and he has done an excellent job with Stanton. Fans see the incredible home runs, but here is how the Yankees made the big man feel at home.
“That was the biggest thing,’’ Judge told The Post. “Any time somebody new comes to this team, even when I was a rookie, I had guys like CC and [Brett Gardner] go out of their way to make me feel comfortable.
“That’s what this team does and when we got Stanton we said, ‘Hey man, you’re an MVP. We want you to go out here and be comfortable and keep doing what you are doing. There are always a couple weeks, a couple months where there are growing pains.’
“That’s obvious going to a new place but he has adjusted well,’’ Judge said. “He’s always in here early getting his hacks in. He’s always staying late getting his work in, he is just fun to be around. Nothing has changed. Good game, bad game, he’s always been the same guy. It’s impressive.’’
Stanton’s two homers gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead when Boston’s best player Mookie Betts went to work. His single in the fifth set up the Red Sox’s first run and his two-out RBI triple in the seventh tied the score at 2-2 before Judge did his All-Rise thing.
Stanton owns nine home runs this season. This is the third time this year he has hit two home runs in a game and 31st time in his career.
The more Stanton can get out of this rivalry now the better he and the Yankees will be when they need to be at their best come October.
By getting off to a poor start Stanton may have done himself a favor. In a way he got over the worst part of joining a new team. Stanton is paying his dues to the Yankee fans, who never give a superstar from another team an E-ZPass to pinstripes.
You have to go after success with a club in this town.
Giancarlo Stanton did just that Tuesday night. Twice.
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