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Giancarlo Stanton sends the Marlins to victory with a walk-off grand slam

Apr 18, 2014, 10:50 PM EDT

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Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton broke a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the ninth inning with a walk-off grand slam off of Mariners reliever Yoervis Medina, improving the Marlins’ record to 7-10. The blast is Stanton’s sixth of the season and he now has 26 RBI on the season after just 17 games. That’s a 248 RBI pace for you math nerds. Friday night’s blast is the fifth grand slam of Stanton’s career and his first since May 21, 2012 off of Jamie Moyer.

The Marlins put their first two runners on base in the bottom of the ninth when Reed Johnson and Christian Yelich each singled. Marcell Ozuna then laid down a sacrifice bunt to the left side of the infield, scooped up by Medina, who fired to third. Third base umpire Lance Barrett initially ruled Johnson out at third, but the play was reviewed and overturned as third baseman Kyle Seager bobbled the ball on a transfer. That left the bases loaded with no outs for Giancarlo Stanton. Then, with a 1-2 count, Medina threw a breaking ball over the plate, which Stanton crushed to left-center to give the Marlins the easy victory.

Watch the blast:

  1. sjtorpitt - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    Too good

  2. nbjays - Apr 18, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    I can’t wait to see the big words Old Gator hauls out to describe this one.

    • Old Gator - Apr 18, 2014 at 11:37 PM


      • nbjays - Apr 19, 2014 at 12:25 AM

        Aw man… I was expecting antidisestablishmentarianism, at the very least, but this’ll do.

      • Old Gator - Apr 19, 2014 at 12:29 AM

        Inappropriate to the season. Wait till we’re back in ordinary time.

      • dcarroll73 - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:22 AM

        Well said, Old Gator, well said indeed. This guy is a force of nature. Sorry the rest of your team is not usually worthy of him.

  3. gomybirdsgo - Apr 18, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    Wait till he hits in the bank in few months full time

    • Old Gator - Apr 18, 2014 at 11:46 PM

      If by “the bank” you mean Scrooge McLoria’s money bin, that might be an occasion for some consternation down this way. Macondo already lost its abuelo this week. Will Scrooge be willing to swallow a big hit in arbitration if he can’t finagle a nice heavily backloaded deal out of the Iron Giant before being raped by the arbitrator? Or will he go looking for a nice shipment of EYPs in return for an expensive bauble? The Giant is definitely performing like somebody who would like to play his way out from under the dead weight of Scrooge and the Chihuahua before too much more of his allotted time passes under the bridge. Stay tuned for the coming orfseason, everyone.

  4. Old Gator - Apr 18, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    The Iron Giant almost brained Tommy with that one. I love to watch outfielders trying to bend their necks backwards to follow his gravity’s rainbows as they pass overhead.

    • dcarroll73 - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:26 AM

      “A screaming comes across the sky.” He is definitely “in the zone” (heh heh.)

      • Old Gator - Apr 19, 2014 at 8:40 AM

        “Snowballs have flown in their arcs and starred the sides out outbuildings.”

        You’ve inspired me to make banana pancakes for breakfast.

      • groupofsevenrules - Apr 19, 2014 at 10:58 AM

        So, did you make the pancakes?

        You got Michelle and me both with that “snowballs” quote. It sounds vaguely familiar. I bite.

      • Old Gator - Apr 19, 2014 at 12:07 PM

        Well, sort of. I had no bananas handy but I did have some green plantains, one of which was turning just yellow enough that, sliced thin, sauteed with butter, cinnamon, a little brown sugar and sweet balsamic reduction, it blended nicely into the buckwheat pancake batter.

        As far as the snowball line, it’s the opening sentence of Mason and Dixon, Pynchon goofing on himself.

  5. chaimtavish - Apr 19, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    The call at third base was a travesty of a mockery of a sham.

    • Old Gator - Apr 19, 2014 at 12:28 AM

      Well then, it must have made somebody laugh.

  6. bigguy54 - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:38 AM

    This transfer rule has got to be fixed, if not for the stupid rule Stanton would have been walked. Not saying we would have not lost anyway, but the rule is awful. As for the HR it was put on a tee for him, but a great shot anyway. Would love to see him in an M’s uni with our pitching staff fully healthy. He would improve our anemic offense. He is another young kid you can’t help but like.

    • clydeserra - Apr 19, 2014 at 3:13 AM

      Redman needs to be fixed/ Why was he bunting with no outs and first and second with stanton on deck? that almost guaranteed his walk.

      a side note, I think I have been clear here that the new transfer rule is stupid, that said I think this was a drop before the transfer, so the call on the field was wrong, and 2) I am not sure mcclendon walks Stanton 1st and second and one out.

      • dan1111 - Apr 19, 2014 at 3:56 AM

        Walking the bases loaded would have been way dumb. It was a walk-off situation where only one run was needed, making Stanton’s power irrelevant. What matters is his overall likelihood of getting a hit, and as a career .267 hitter, he is not all that threatening in that situation.

        Putting him on base, thereby creating a situation where a walk, long fly ball, or even a ground out may end the game, is not a good plan.

      • Old Gator - Apr 19, 2014 at 8:46 AM

        The problem with that reasoning is that he’s red-hot now and has been for most of the season: .329, 6 HR, 26 RBI. McClendon knew that and stated after the game that he wanted to stay away from him – he ordered him walked twice earlier in the game – but his pen and infield undid his best laid plans. Mice and men took over. So it goes.

  7. DonRSD - Apr 19, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    My oh my. Those girls right behind the plate jumping around!!!

    • Old Gator - Apr 19, 2014 at 8:41 AM

      Check out the dancers at the Clevelander if you’re a fan of pneumatitosis.

  8. footballer4ever - Apr 19, 2014 at 3:28 PM


    Those were aerodynamic and gravitational jumps performed by them which should be given credit for it. 😀

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