MIAMI -- With Giancarlo Stanton, home runs may come in the form of moonshots or even pool shots. The Marlins three-time All-Star right fielder connected on two impressive -- yet stylistically different -- home runs in Wednesday night's 5-4 loss to the Braves at Marlins Park.
Stanton celebrated the 19th multi-homer game of his career, and his first since hitting a pair at Citi Field vs. the Mets on July 6, 2016. Both of his two-run blasts came off left-hander Jaime Garcia, accounting for Miami's lone runs on the night.
"It shows what he does to a game," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "He changes games quickly. Tonight we didn't have a whole lot of chances after that to score runs."
Until Wednesday, Stanton had not checked off the home run box on his statistics page this season. That changed in the third inning when he connected on a towering shot to left field, which pulled the Marlins even at 2.
"I saw [left fielder Jace Peterson] right by the fence," Stanton said. "I was like, 'Don't even do it, man.'"
In the fifth inning. Stanton woke up Marlins Park with a jolt that landed in the pool at the Clevelander in left field. Comparing the two home runs, there was a difference in maximum height of 96 feet (144 and 48). That ties Brian Dozier (June 28, 2016) for the second-largest gap between two homers in the Statcast™ Era for any player who's hit at least two dingers in the same game.
On Stanton's second homer, a fan actually dove into the water to retrieve the ball.
"I just signed the ball for him," Stanton said about an hour after the game.
The liner to left had an exit velocity of 115.6 mph, per Statcast™, traveling a projected 396 feet. It tied for the hardest-hit homer this year (Joey Gallo, April 4) and the fourth-hardest base hit. The launch angle was 19 degrees and the ball exited the yard in a hurry, in 3.7 seconds.
"He's a dangerous hitter," Garcia said. "I'm not going to take anything away from him, but I didn't execute pitches the way I should execute. I've got to do a better job with that and when I get in situations like that."
Stanton's first home run was projected at 397 feet with an exit velocity of 110.1 mph and a launch angle of 36 degrees.
Stanton entered the game without a homer in his first 28 at-bats. He drew a first-inning walk, but circled the bases in his next two trips to the plate.
The seven-game homer drought didn't trouble Stanton too much, because he has been hitting the ball hard all season. None happened to clear the fences.
"You trust what you see and plan to hit," Stanton said. "Sometimes you're going to swing out of the zone, sometimes you're not, but as long as you stay there [with your approach]. ... It's something different if you have your approach and it doesn't work and you try a whole new one today. That's when you start digging yourself a hole."
Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. 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.