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Stanton hits 50th home run

29 August, 2017, 01:15 | Author: Greg Wolfe
  • Philadelphia Phillies' Rhys Hoskins is cheered in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Friday Aug. 25 2017 in Philadelphia

Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton continues to punish opposing pitchers, taking San Diego Padres starter Clayton Richard deep in the eighth inning of Sunday's game at Marlins Park.

Marlins slugger Stanton continued launching baseballs over the fence in a 6-2 win against the San Diego Padres on Sunday.

And that's fitting, too, as Stanton is now on pace for 63 homers in 2017, and if he gets to at least 60, he'll be the first player to get to that threshold since 2001, when Sammy Sosa hit 64 and Barry Bonds set a new record with 73.

His 17th homer in August tied him for the second-most in major league history in the month, behind Rudy York's 18 in 1937.

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The stretch has pulled Miami - once 13 games below.500 - to within 4 1/2 games of the second wild card in the National League.

Stats: Szczur is hitting.219 (32 for 146) with three home runs, 22 runs scored and 16 RBIs in 91 games.

Stanton's hot streak has coincided with the Marlins' overall resurgence. That means he had 56 home runs on August 28, obviously a few more than Stanton's 50. Prior to this month, he hadn't won in more than a year.

While Stanton isn't almost the overall hitter Bonds was in his prime, it's worth noting Bonds walked 46 times in his final 33 games of 2001 ... almost one every three plate appearances.

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