NEW YORK -- From crashing into the wall to making a catch at the wall to eventually going over the wall, Giancarlo Stanton had an active night in right field in the Yankees' 8-5 victory over the Braves on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.With one out and a runner on
NEW YORK -- From crashing into the wall to making a catch at the wall to eventually going over the wall, Giancarlo Stanton had an active night in right field in the Yankees' 8-5 victory over the Braves on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.
With one out and a runner on first in the top of the seventh inning, Nick Markakis launched a long fly ball that Stanton tracked back to the wall in right-center field. As the outfielder approached the fence, he made a leaping attempt to rob a home run, but came up empty-handed as he crashed hard into the wall.
"Yeah, you worry about [hitting the wall]," Stanton said. "You don't want to hit it hard, but you want to put your body in the best position to get the ball and kind of spin off the wall if you can. There's going to be times where you crush the wall, times where you're able to finesse and get it right. That was right in the middle there."
As Stanton was a little bit slow to get up after the impact, a member of the Yankees' athletic training staff ran out to right to check on the outfielder's left shoulder and for any signs of a concussion.
"Just, 'What inning is it?' 'How many outs?' 'What day is it?' I didn't know any of them," Stanton said with a laugh when asked what the athletic training staff said to him in the outfield. "But yeah, simple questions like that."
"[We were] just making sure, just trying to stay vigilant on that stuff whenever a guy hits a wall or something," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. "He convinced me right away, but Stevie [Yankees head athletic trainer Steve Donohue] wanted to make sure he was good to go."
If the Yankees weren't completely convinced that Stanton was fine enough to stay in the game when the trainer made his trek back to the dugout, they were about to be proven wrong.
Just two pitches later, Kurt Suzuki tested the right fielder again, hitting a fly ball to nearly the same spot as Markakis' home run in right-center field. With the Yankees holding on to a one-run lead, Stanton made the pivotal leaping catch over his head against the wall.
"I got to use the other shoulder that time," Stanton said. "That's part of the course. That's baseball. If you get subbed in, you usually get the ball the first time. So if something like that happens, expect it."
After helping his team keep its lead while on defense, Stanton then stepped into the batter's box and gave the Bombers a little bit of breathing room in the bottom of the eighth. The slugger launched a two-run shot that just crept over the right-field fence to give the Yankees an 8-5 lead.
"[Aaron Judge and Stanton] both played such a good outfield for being so big and the story being about their power at the plate," Boone said. "And Giancarlo bouncing around from left to right, wherever we've put him, he's usually made some really good plays every time he's played, and tonight was no different."
Stanton's blast was his 20th of the season, making him the 11th player in Major League history to hit at least 20 homers in each of his first nine seasons.
"Just keep fighting," Stanton said. "We all contributed. That's how it's going to be. That's what we need."
Mandy Bell is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York.