Giancarlo Stanton breaks the scoreboard with his running catch
Giancarlo Stanton has already made an impact in left field – literally.
Stanton caught Yuriel Gurriel’s fly ball and then his hand temporarily broke part of the scoreboard in the fourth inning of the Yankees’ 4-2 loss to the Astros on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
Stanton, who already had four outs at the time, has had a tough play so far in left field. In the first inning, Jeremy Peña scored a brace to left-center field on which he appeared to be taking a wrong turn. It was a tough play, but a more defensive left fielder might have had a chance to smash it.
Nonetheless, Stanton, who went 2-for-4 with a double, held firm in his first game in the outfield since July 21 before dealing with Achilles and foot injuries.
Rookie Oswado Cabrera, who also made three starts in left field for the ALDS, was on the bench for the first time this postseason. Aaron Hicks had started the last two games in left field, but suffered a season-ending knee injury in the Yankees’ Game 5 win over the Guardians on Tuesday in the Bronx when he collided with Cabrera, who was playing shortstop at the time. go for a left bloop.
The Yankees and Astros are tied 1-1, heading down the fifth inning.