Down 7-0 with two out in the ninth inning at the time, Giancarlo Stanton’s 27th homer Thursday was inconsequential in terms of the outcome, but it wasn’t devoid of significance.
Stanton had gone 10 career games at PNC Park without putting a pitch in the seats there. It was the only stadium where he’d played at least six games and not hit at least one home run. Stanton has played in 27 different stadiums and now has at least one homer in 20 of them, including all 15 current National League Parks in addition to Dolphins Stadium and Hiram Bithorn in Puerto Rico.
The American League venues where Stanton has found the seats: Fenway Park, Tropicana Field, Safeco Field, Minute Maid Park and Rogers Centre. He’s played at eight other AL facilities where he hasn’t homered. Later this month, Stanton will get a chance to make Angel Stadium the 21st different venue where he’s homered.
Though the Marlins have hit just three homers over their last five games, at least they’re not giving them up. Thursday marked the 10th consecutive game they’ve held their opponent homerless. That’s the second longest streak in franchise history behind last season’s 12-game run from July 24-Aug. 4.
Matching or setting a new franchise mark won’t be easy. The Reds, who host the Marlins in the first of three Friday, have been held homerless in less than a third (32.1 percent) of their first 56 home games. The Reds have back-to-back home games without a long ball four times with a season high three straight July 25-27.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun