If Giancarlo Stanton is known for anything it’s hitting home runs and hitting them hard.
Indeed, his 33 home runs this season is most in the National League and second only to the MLB leader Aaron Judge (who’s got just one more, 34).
In addition, he’s hit two of the top 20 deepest home runs this season, and his 504 foot blast off Chad Bettis in August of 2016 was the biggest regular season home run in the last three years. Dude hits homers. Everybody knows that.
But last night he showed that he can be much more than that, when he lept up and robbed Brian Goodwin of a two-run home run with two outs in the ninth.
Check it out:
With the Nats down seven, that wasn’t a game-saving catch or anything, but it was ridiculously impressive, especially for a big guy like Stanton. It also helped the Marlins preserve the two-pitcher, 4-hit, no-walk shutout, which is a nice side benefit in its own right.
You won’t find Stanton at the top of any defensive statistic leaderboards, but for one brief moment last night, he was a gold glover.