Giancarlo Stanton obliterated a baseball on Saturday night at Petco Park, electrifying the World Baseball Classic.
What a ball game we have in San Diego!— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) March 19, 2017
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Stanton’s two-run shot off the Western Metal Supply building in left field gave Team USA a 4-2 lead against the Dominican Republic, in the same stadium where Stanton won the Home Run Derby last July. The Miami Marlins slugger was just 1-for-10 with a double and three walks in the tournament before Saturday night.
The ball was launched like a rocket, and it had a speed roughly equivalent to spacecraft:
Per Statcast: 117.3 mph.— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) March 19, 2017
This United States beat the Dominican Republic 6-3 on Saturday, advancing out of Pool F to play in the WBC semifinals in Los Angeles.