Stanton pelts scoreboard with majestic blast

Marlins slugger connects on fourth hardest-hit homer of season at 115.8 mph

Stanton pelts scoreboard with majestic blast

MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton tested the stability of the auxiliary scoreboard in the third inning on Saturday night in the Marlins' 7-2 win over the Mets. Not only did the slugger connect on another impressive home run, he clanked his drive high off the Marlins Park scoreboard.

Stanton's two-run homer off Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom was his first blast since he won the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Petco Park in San Diego on July 11.

"Every time he comes up to bat, you don't know what is going to happen," Marlins ace Jose Fernandez said. "You don't know if he's going to hit it 10,000 feet."

Fernandez, the winning pitcher on Saturday, was so excited by Stanton's smash that he began pounding on the slugger's chest in the dugout.

"I wanted to punch him harder, but I was afraid I was going to hurt my hand," Fernandez said.

Stanton's drive to left also put the Marlins in front for good on a night he had four hits, including his 21st homer.

Stanton's big night at the plate

According to Statcast™, the home run projected to land 441 feet away from home plate with an exit velocity of 115.8 mph. The exit velocity of 115.8 mph is the fourth hardest-hit home run tracked by Statcast™ this season. Stanton's hardest-hit blast is 116.8 mph, which ranks second among all homers in '16.

Stanton has enjoyed success against the Mets this year, and especially deGrom. On July 6 at Citi Field in New York, Stanton connected twice off deGrom in a 4-2 loss. In that series, he also had a stretch of hitting a home run in four straight at-bats.

"I've caught some pitches over the plate," Stanton said of facing deGrom. "He still looked pretty solid today. We were just able to get him there."

Stanton on homer, win

At the Home Run Derby, Stanton won in record-setting fashion, belting 61 total.

His homer in the third inning was his first of the second half, and it came in his 29th at-bat since the break.

Despite going eight games since the All-Star break without a homer, Stanton wasn't too concerned about the mild dry spell.

"I don't worry too much about that, because I feel good," he said. "If I wasn't hitting the ball hard, yeah, it would be different. I felt good. The first homer, it doesn't matter. The timing of that one was big, yes."

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.