Thursday, May 10, 2012
The Marlins' ninth-inning issues came back to the fore on Wednesday, and for once Heath Bell was not to blame. Replacing him with Steve Cishek couldn't prevent another blown save, but Cishek was not the main culprit. Instead, it was Sr. #MONSTERDONG himself, Giancarlo Stanton. With one out and the Marlins clinging to a 3-2 lead in the ninth, Carlos Lee hit a flare into shallow right field that turned into a triple when Stanton made an ill-conceived attempt at a diving catch. As the video shows, he had no chance at making the out, and should have allowed it to fall so he could field it cleanly and limit Lee to a single.
We are quick to praise Stanton for his spectacular physical gifts, but this looks like a case in which he assumed he would make the play because of those gifts. Even the superhuman among us must learn our limits.
Cishek struck out the next batter, but after a Chris Johnson walk, Brian Bogusevic singled to left and drove in Lee to tie the game. Just like that, Cishek lost his luster, bringing Bell one step closer to regaining his job.
Stanton photo via Yahoo