MIAMI -- No two Giancarlo Stanton home runs look quite the same. The All-Star right fielder demonstrated that on Monday night with two impressive, yet contrasting, long drives in the Marlins' 6-5 walk-off win in 10 innings over the Phillies at Marlins Park.Stanton enjoyed his sixth multi-homer game of the
MIAMI -- No two Giancarlo Stanton home runs look quite the same. The All-Star right fielder demonstrated that on Monday night with two impressive, yet contrasting, long drives in the Marlins' 6-5 walk-off win in 10 innings over the Phillies at Marlins Park.
Stanton enjoyed his sixth multi-homer game of the season -- and 24th of his career -- connecting twice off Phillies right-hander Jerad Eickhoff. Stanton now leads the National League with 28 homers.
"Obviously, Big G puts us up early," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "Both of his home runs were big, because it puts us out front, then they put the four up. … Then G's homer kind of gives us that little spark to get us within one. It gets us back going again."
After being swept by the Dodgers over the weekend, Stanton's two homers, plus Justin Bour's two-run shot, accounted for five runs. Miami won it in the 10th on Dee Gordon's RBI single.
"It was good to get this one," Stanton said. "We played pretty good baseball tonight, enough to get a win."
If you blinked, chances are you missed the first Stanton "must-see" home run.
In the first inning, Stanton scorched a two-run homer off the auxiliary scoreboard down the left-field line to give Miami a two-run edge. Stanton's second long ball was a towering drive to left that just had the distance in Miami's three-run fifth inning.
The first Stanton homer was another Statcast™ special. The barreled shot projected at 441 feet with an exit velocity of 115.1 mph and a launch angle of 25 degrees. The maximum height of the home run was 83 feet, and it took the ball five seconds to clank off the scoreboard.
The 115.1 mph exit velo makes it Stanton's second hardest-hit home run of the season, and the 10th hardest-hit homer since Statcast™ launched in 2015.
Eickhoff put himself in a bind, falling behind in the count, 2-0, before Stanton turned on the 90.2-mph two-seam fastball.
Stanton is no stranger to hitting the auxiliary scoreboard in left. In 2012, the inaugural season at Marlins Park, Stanton belted a grand slam off Jamie Moyer that struck the same scoreboard. That one knocked out some light strips on the scoreboard.
"[I need to knock] some lights out next time," Stanton said. "Maybe the whole thing."
While Stanton's first homer of the game put Miami in front, 2-0, the club trailed by two runs entering the fifth. With one out, Stanton lifted a moonshot to left, projected at 386 feet with a 110-mph exit velocity. The launch angle was 39 degrees, a personal high for Stanton since the advent of Statcast™.
The height on that home run was 157 feet.
Stanton is known more for his laser shots than moonshots. Entering the night, for players with at least 50 homers, Stanton's average launch angle on homers is 24.9 degrees, tied with the Phillies' Maikel Franco for the second-lowest angle since 2015. Mookie Betts of the Red Sox tops the list with an average of 24.7 degrees.
In each of his previous three seasons, Stanton has missed considerable time due to injuries. He has been healthy and is having a strong season, becoming an All-Star for the fourth time.
Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.