"Motivation, whatever, just wake up, have some drive, have some fight generated towards the field the right way," Stanton said of the team's response. "It was good. It was little wake-up. Hello. For us, for all of us, with how we've been playing and everything."
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Stanton said he noticed a little more fight in his team Saturday. The Marlins broke out with 14 hits and every starting position player scored as Miami won for the first time since Sunday.
"It's like an aura," Stanton explained. "A different feel today. Regardless of how we played, it was just a different feel."
There was not much different about the show Stanton put on at the plate. He has good numbers at Dodger Stadium, where he's a career .325 hitter (27-for-83).
"The place that made me love baseball," said Stanton, who was drafted out of Notre Dame High School in nearby Sherman Oaks and frequented Dodgers games growing up. "I say it's the field that grew me up. I enjoy playing, got to perform here."
Naturally, Stanton's teammates weren't surprised by his big game in his hometown.
"Any time a ballplayer gets a chance to go back home, they usually end up putting up big numbers and doing big things," said starter Dan Straily, who worked 5 2/3 innings to earned the win. "It's always cool to see. He's just that kind of ballplayer, that any time he gets in the box, you kind of anticipate a home run. Obviously he'll take three doubles, but he's always fun to watch."
Stanton had RBIs in each of his first three at-bats. He doubled in three straight at-bats after a grounder in the first inning, spraying them all around the field. Stanton barreled a double to right in the third, which had a 107.2 mph exit velocity, per Statcast™. He doubled to left in the fourth and barreled his third two-bagger to center in the sixth with an exit velocity of 114.6 mph.
"He hit some balls really good today and had good swings I thought all night long, other than the first at-bat," manager Don Mattingly said. "He shoots that ball to right on the line, shoots the ball to dead center on the line. I thought he swung the bat well."