WASHINGTON -- Giancarlo Stanton can be forgiven for having never heard of Rudy York. After all, York was a Major Leaguer long before Stanton’s time. Like, seven decades before.
But Stanton linked his name with York’s when he homered off the Nationals’ Edwin Jackson in Tuesday’s first inning.
It was Stanton’s 18th home run of the month, which equaled York’s mark for August set in 1937. That’s an old record. And Stanton has two more games, after Tuesday, in which to break the mark.
The 440-foot blast into the left field bleachers at Nationals Park marked a continuation of Stanton’s second-half power surge. It was his 51st homer overall on the season and it gave him 30 home runs in July and August, one shy of Albert Belle’s Major League record for most home runs in any two consecutive months.
Stanton is also the first player to hit as many as 12 homers in back-to-back months since Alex Rodriguez pulled off the feat in 2002.
Naturally, the home run gave the Marlins a 1-0 lead. Of his 51 home runs, 24 have given the Marlins a lead.
Stanton has a good chance of reaching 60 home runs on the season and, with a strong September, could become only the fourth player in big-league history to hit at least 12 home runs in three consecutive months, joining Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx and Mark McGwire.