Giancarlo Stanton hit an absolute seed of a home run against the Phillies

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Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is strong, a fact that is as plain as “water is wet”. Nevertheless, the slugger still finds ways to make one say “wow”.

In the sixth inning with his team ahead 6-0, Stanton ripped a Justin De Fratus 3-2 fastball into the seats in left field at Citizens Bank Park. It was fortunate there were so few fans at the game — there was an announced attendance of 17,097, but there weren’t nearly that many fans present — as Stanton’s rocket found the empty seats rather than a person. He could have actually killed someone.

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Once the data is available, it will be interesting to see where that Stanton home run ranks in terms of lowest trajectory on a home run. It’s debatable if it has this one beat.

The seed marked Stanton’s fourth home run of the season. He’s batting .241/.362/.517 with 14 RBI.

Nationals’ Strasburg ejected for arguing from the stands

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NEW YORK — A pitcher getting ejected for arguing balls and strikes – on his day off? And, from the stands?

Nationals star Stephen Strasburg earned one of baseball’s most unique ejections – probably ever – in the third inning of Washington’s game against the New York Mets on Thursday.

Strasburg was sitting in Section 121 at Citi Field in this socially distant season because he’s scheduled to start Friday against Baltimore Orioles. He was apparently unhappy with the strike zone of plate umpire Carlos Torres after Austin Voth‘s 2-2 pitch to Pete Alonso on the outside corner was ruled a ball.

Moments later, Torres ejected last year’s World Series MVP, though it took a few seconds to realize who had been tossed.

Someone was heard yelling: “You’re (expletive) brutal” shortly before television cameras captured Strasburg doffing his cap as he walked up the staircase on his way out of the park.

“Sorry, folks – sorry, FCC,” Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen said on SNY.

The usually stoic Strasburg appeared to be grinning underneath his blue mask as he made his exit.