Giancarlo Stanton had no shortage of big home runs for the Florida/Miami Marlins during the 2011 season or throughout his career in South Florida.
One of Stanton’s first came on this day 10 years. That walk-off, 10th-inning blast completed the comeback as the Florida Marlins knocked off the Philadelphia Phillies, 7-6.
The Marlins had trailed by four runs early and by three after 5 1⁄3 innings at Sun Life Stadium on July 6, 2011. After a two-run home run by Logan Morrison in the sixth drew Florida to with a run, Hanley Ramírez tied it an inning later with an RBI single.
The Florida bullpen put up zeroes for four straight innings to get the contest to extras, tied 6-6. After Edward Mujica worked a perfect top of the 10th, Morrison grounded out to start the bottom half of the inning.
That brought the young slugger known as Mike Stanton to the plate with one out. To that point, Stanton was 0-for-4, but managed to get ahead in the count against right-hander Danys Baez. With the count 2-1, Baez hung a breaking ball and Stanton didn’t miss.
Stanton hammered a laser shot over the “teal tower” in left field to the Marlins their only advantage of the day. The final from South Florida: Marlins 7, Phillies 6.
The Phillies led 4-0 early behind a two-run home run from John Mayberry in the second and a two-run double from Raul Ibanez in the third. Florida drew to within one in the bottom of the third on a two-run single from Gaby Sanchez and an RBI single from Ramírez.
Jimmy Rollins doubled the Philadelphia lead with a solo homer in the fourth. Mayberry’s second home run of the day—also a solo blast—came in the sixth, which gave his team a 6-3 and capped the scoring for the Phillies.
Ramírez and Omar Infante each had three hits for the Marlins, but the biggest hit of the day was the one that ended it. Stanton’s blast served as the first of three walk-offs during his time in South Florida. It came on this day a decade ago.