CHICAGO -- After Luis Severino gave up two runs in the first inning on Wednesday, Giancarlo Stanton helped the Yankees climb back in front in a big way.Stanton slugged a grand slam off White Sox starter Lucas Giolito to cap the Yankees' six-run second inning and open a four-run lead.
CHICAGO -- After Luis Severino gave up two runs in the first inning on Wednesday, Giancarlo Stanton helped the Yankees climb back in front in a big way.
Stanton slugged a grand slam off White Sox starter Lucas Giolito to cap the Yankees' six-run second inning and open a four-run lead. The Yankees went on to win, 7-3, and leave town with a series sweep.
The home run was Stanton's 27th of the season, his sixth career grand slam and his first since April 18, 2014, against the Mariners.
Stanton said that given all the home runs he's hit, going four years without a grand slam surprised him "a little bit, but that's the important thing about hitting with the bases loaded -- you can't always try to get them all in. One or two will do, and you pass the baton over. So if you stay like that, you'll be pretty good with the bases loaded."
Stanton began the at-bat by looking at three straight balls, then took a rip on 3-0 and fouled off a fastball. He fouled off another pitch before launching the full-count delivery just inside the right-field foul pole an estimated 367 feet.
With Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez both on the mend, Stanton is the lone middle-of-the-order power threat in the lineup, but he's not putting extra effort on himself to produce.
"He's been such a pro through all this; he's gained momentum, it seems, like all season long, and now we're seeing the consistency and the quality of at-bats," manager Aaron Boone said. "He's really good at coming up with a plan for the guys he's facing, and committing to it, and it's netted him a lot of results and another big one tonight.
"What's been cool is to see him really change nothing, and no matter the circumstances, I think that's what's been impressive. No matter what's going on with him, he's really stayed on that even keel and really focused on what he needs to do."
Gleyber Torres got the second inning started with a leadoff walk, and the Yankees' seven, eight and nine hitters strung together three straight singles to bring in New York's first two runs of the inning. Then, after Giolito hit Brett Gardner with a curveball, Stanton took the young pitcher deep.
Severino bounced back from his rough first inning with a 1-2-3 bottom of the second, retired 13 of the next 14 hitters and pitched seven strong innings.
Aaron Hicks extended the Yankees' lead with a solo homer off Giolito in the fifth.
Max Gelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago.