During the series finale between the Yankees and Giants in the Bronx on Sunday, New York ran into an old buddy of theirs in Ross Stripling, who left the Toronto Blue Jays this offseason to sign with San Francisco.
In case you weren't looking at the splits before this one, Stripling, who famously erupted on the mound during a start against the Yankees in 2021 and screamed at his teammate for making an error, is 0-5 with a 4.55 ERA and 1.34 WHIP in seven games (four starts) in his career against New York.
His second time through the lineup on Sunday didn't go well for him, which should make those numbers look worse by the time the day ends.
Aaron Judge slugged his second home run of the season off Stripling in the bottom of the third with a rocket over the left field wall on a 1-0 count to give the Yankees the lead. His unbelievable start to 2023 continues.
It's a packed house at Yankee Stadium on Sunday. The sea of fans in the left field seats were going crazy when the ball cleared the wall.
Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton obliterate home runs for the Yankees
Judge's home run was the talk of afternoon for about five minutes, though. After Anthony Rizzo singled in the next at-bat, Giancarlo Stanton stepped into the batter's box and attacked the first pitch from Stripling.
In one of the worst offerings you'll ever see, Stripling grooved an 87 MPH nothingball right down the middle to Stanton, who sent it 485 FEET (!!) over the center field wall. The camera couldn't even keep up with it.
That's a hell of a follow up to Saturday. Stanton took accountability in the postgame for failing to put the Yankees in the best possible position to win. He went 1-for-5 with a home run, but he also had two costly groundouts -- one in the fifth inning with nobody out and runners on second and third as well as the game-ending double play in the ninth with the bases loaded and a chance to tie the game with a single.
Nobody's going to come through in every scenario, though. Stanton knows that. As long as he can the next time around, Yankees fans will tip their cap.