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Giancarlo Stanton hits walkoff grand slam versus Mets

May 13, 2012, 4:37 PM EDT

Giancario Stanton AP

The Marlins have had some big ninth-inning struggles this season. Today, they turned the tables on the Mets.

Giancarlo Stanton hit a walkoff grand slam as part of a six-run bottom of the ninth as the Marlins topped the Mets 8-4.

The game was tied 2-2 entering the ninth when the Mets rallied for two runs in the top of the inning off Heath Bell. That would have given the struggling Bell his fourth loss of the season had the Mets been able to close it out.

However, Frank Francisco didn’t have it today, either. He gave up a triple, a walk and an RBI single to the three batters he faced before being replaced by Manny Acosta. A sac fly then tied the game at 4. After a pop out to right, it looked like the game might go to extras. However, a walk and a HBP followed, loading the bases and allowing Stanton to do his thing. It was his second career walkoff homer and third career slam.

Francisco’s latest misadventure could well get him replaced in the closer’s role for the Mets. With Acosta also struggling, Jon Rauch would be the favorite to take over. Eventually, Bobby Parnell might earn a look there.

The Marlins also couldn’t have been too happy with what they saw from Bell, whose ERA jumped back over 10.00 today. Steve Cishek and Edward Mujica rate as their most reliable relievers.

  1. dondada10 - May 13, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    Not mentioned is the hissy fit Francisco threw from the second AB on. He may very well have earned himself a suspension with his tirade at the ump on his way out.

  2. jimmymarlinsfan - May 13, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Hottest team in baseball still has a lot of issues..Imagine how good they would be with the old JJ, Hanley and Bell back

    I concur with old gator that iron giant is the perfect name for Giancarlo Stanton…that home run was not only a grand slam but it was a damn moon shot…I think maybe the marlins should put Stanton insurance on the home run sculpture

    • Old Gator - May 13, 2012 at 8:46 PM

      Funny thing is, I didn’t actually bestow that name upon him because of his power, but because…well…I saw a photo of Stanton in part-profile that actually looked just like the animated character, bearing down during an at-bat with his jaw and chin line set, and his eyes as blank as a shark’s. It cracked me up. So I used it once, not meaning for it to stick, and a couple of other correspondents here picked it up, so….The resemblance of the robot with the physique needs no further emphasis, though.

  3. Old Gator - May 13, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    The Mujic Man has been kinda shaky too of late. He’s been roughed up and a bit wild his last two times out. The Feesh’s boolpen has been a crapshoot most of the season, though before yesterday’s fiasco it did seem to be settling into a bit of a groove.

    Francisco’s peenting woodcock impersonation did not go unnoticed down here, drawing some snide comments from the Feesh announcers and already enshrined in the recap on the Macondo Feeshwrapper virtual sports pages. but at least he didn’t have to suffer the humiliation of coughing up the walkoff dinger to a guy with a pink bat like Acosta did.

  4. andreweac - May 13, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    I think Mike Stanton was trying to do America a favor by destroying that monstrosity in CF with that bomb. He just got a bit to trigger happy and pulled the ball a bit.

    • Old Gator - May 13, 2012 at 5:59 PM

      He hit Tommy right at its base and the ball bounced back onto the field. If anything, he got under it a bit too much. But you gotta hand it to that horrible thing: it put on its show as if nothing was wrong. No matter: Tommy is right in the middle of the Iron Giant’s power alley. Sooner or later, he’ll be whacking chips off of it. By the time he’s finished, it’ll look like the 2001 monolith.

      Buddha willing.

      Meanwhile, if it turns out that the ball has a pink stain on it, it should be destroyed. We don’t want to offend our exile dinosaurs again.

      • addictedzone - May 13, 2012 at 6:27 PM

        With the 2 triples from the Bonnieman and the salami from Giancarlo Adonis, the Fish may want to stick with the pink bats on a regular basis.

      • Old Gator - May 13, 2012 at 8:49 PM

        I kinda doubt if that’s gonna fly. Aside from the dumb jokes, I’m sure some puckered bufus in the league office would find a rule against it pretty quickly.

  5. jimmymarlinsfan - May 14, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    You just know bud selig hates pink…yeah…I went there

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