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Marlins, Cousins feel bad for Posey, but remain confident the collision was clean

SAN FRANCISCO -- Scott Cousins knew from the moment Nate Schierholtz camped under the ball in shallow right field he was going to have to come racing toward home full speed to have any chance to score.

What Cousins was hoping to find was a lane to slide through. But Giants catcher Buster Posey never gave him one.

So Cousins used his shoulder instead, bowling over Posey to pave the way for the winning run in the Marlins 7-6, 12-inning victory over the Giants at AT&T Park.

"I don't know if I'm going to be welcomed at home as much anymore, but it's a baseball play," Cousins said. "I feel bad for Buster Posey. I hope he's okay, I really do. I'm going to send a message over there to him.

"But at the same time, we got to keep stringing wins together. We're in an extremely tough division and we know the Phillies got a tough win [Wednesday] also. There's no time for us ever to back down."

The Marlins (28-19) had plenty of reasons to fold Wednesday. Up 6-2 in the ninth inning, Edward Mujica and Leo Nunez teammed up to blow the four run, costing Nunez, the major league leader in saves, his first blown save opportunity in 19 tries.

But the Marlins, who improved their major-league best road record to 14-7 road, showed resiliency by rallying to win the game in the 12th.

John Buck started the rally with a single to left, his first hit in 15 at-bats. Cousins tried to move him to second with a sacrifice bunt, but couldn't get the job done, forcing Buck out on a bouncer back to the mound. But one batter later, Cousins went from first to third on Omar Infante's single to right on a called hit and run, bringing Emilio Bonifacio to the plate.

Bonifacio then lifted a soft fly ball to right field, setting the stage for a mammoth collision at the plate that left the 2010 National League Rookie of the Year squirming in pain and with an injured left ankle.

Replays showed Posey never caught the ball, which came in on a bounce. But Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez contends the play was clean.

"It's a baseball play," Cousins said. "It's part of the risk of being a catcher. We're trying to win the game also. I'm not going to concede the out by any means. I'm on this team to do the little things to help this team win and if that means going hard and forcing the issue because I have speed, that's what I'm going to do. I'm not going to concede an out."

Cousins spent a few moments kneeling at home after the play was over hoping to see Posey was okay. But he had to be helped off the field by Giants trainers.

"You never want to see an opposing catcher get hurt like that, it's scary stuff," said Mike Stanton, who had four hits and four RBI for the Marlins. "I believe it was clean. It's not like he went out of his way to go hit him. He went straight over the plate."

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pk

Great Win!

Nacional

It was a clean play.

Cousins Earns His Pay

Cousins finally made decent contact after whiffing everything in sight fot two months...too bad it was Posey but that's Baseball....

Lou Vales

Great win by the guttiest team in last 25 years. So many holes and they are 1 game behind a team with allegedly one of the greatest starting staffs of all time.

This is why it is IMPERATIVE to get Helms off the roster. Since he has 2 RBI's all year and has lost all ability to drive the ball, we would be better off with Dominguez playing a couple of times a week. I know that wouldstifle Matt's growth by playing every day BUT this team is too good to have a "Matt Helms" on the roster. They believe they would be wasting money by cutting him but they are wasting more money by playing him. I refuse to believe his influence is on a par with Mahatma Gandhi. He has lost all ability to be any kind of a leader due to absolute deterioration of his skills. Let him hang around the dugout as a spiritual advisor but NO more baseball as part of his duties.

Samson's Boyfriend

Hey Beinfest...Bring up Gotay until Dominguez is ready..U might see pigeons landing on Helms while he is batting....Helms needs some oil like the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz to get his swing started....What are u waiting for Beinfest , Helms is an embarrassment..HELP!!!

Matt

Clean play from what I can see. A very hard play, but far from dirty. From Cousins perspective, the ball beat him to plate and usually when that happens you are out if you slide. Further, sliding, either head first or feet first, usually isn't the right call because Posey had most of the dish blocked and if he had the ball and made an attempt to tag Cousins, then the Cowboy would have certainly called Cousins out. The timing of the when the ball gets to the plate is always key in the umpire's decision. Cousins could have easily injured himself sliding into home as well, so he felt the best way to score was to attempt to the knock the ball away.

Feel bad for Posey, but thats good hard baseball.

Lou Vales

Stan, Joe would kiss you on the forehead if you called him Cowboy. i know you have seen a lot of umpires.besides Ron Luciano have you ever seen anyone more pathetic, non-interested and slovenly as the big texas crooner??

Marlins Best Ump-Eric Gregg RIP

At least, up to this point,Fatso Cowboy West and Angel Hernandez have not teamed up for their "Look at Us,We're In Charge Umpiring VaudVille Act" in this series... YET..Let;s see what happens today if the Giants start with the beaball BS...

Calling Dave Magadan out of Retirement

Would take Matt Helms over Wes Helms anyday...at least Matt Helms got some Hits every now and then...Wes Helms is playing like Jesse Helms ...

Fishy

"It's not like he went out of his way to go hit him." Watch the replay moron.

Lou Vales

We should be grateful that Posey did not play for the Cards. The Man Who Invented Baseball and the MADD Poster Man who have been calculating for the last 12 hours who was going to be hit and where. You almost have to expect a little crap and just hope nobody gets hurt and/or suspended. JJ won't be able to leave the dugout--he would really be SAT DOWN--maybe Cody can act as a peacemaker. Too bad we don't have Farnsworth. He makes Shaft and Big Bad Jim looklike Avon Ladies.

Mark

Cousins, watch your back, you're a marked man. Dont come back to San Francisco if you know whats good for you. And all of you commenting that it was a clean play know it wasn't.

Erocku

Mark your an absolute idiot! Your not gonna do anything and neither is anybody else in San Fran! Grow up and stop trying to be an Internet gangster!!

Cheech and Chong

What are u gonna do??? Roll him then Smoke him to Death...He'll die of the Giggles...U girls sound pretty tough out there, with a flower in your Hair...

JUAN YANES

IN SPITE OF I AM NOT ADVOCATE OF MARLIN MANAGER AN STYLE I REALIZE MR EDWING HAS A GOOD LUCK, AND THE PLAYERS ARE PLAYING VERY GOOD; MOST OF THE TIMES I DISSAGREE WITH EDWING DECISION NEVERTHELESS HE IS WINNING. FOR EXAMPLE # 1. I THINK HANDLEY ALWAYS SHOULD BE LEADOFF, WHY? HE IS THE BEST IN RUN THE BASES AND IN STEAL, SPEEDY, LIKES TAKE WALK AND VERY INTELLIGENT RUNNING. I DISSAGREE WHEN HANDLEY WAS PUT AS 3RD IN LINEUP BECAUSE I THANK IT WAS A BIG PRESURE FOR HIM AND REDUCE HIS WHOLE SKILLS.

Ralph

Watch the video again on the MLB network and you will see that Posey was not blocking the plate as the rules instruct you not to unless you have control of the ball. Cousins went out of the line to attempt to make contact with Posey, not the base which is the object of the game. The replay from the low angle is worthless but from above it is apparent Cousins intent was to knock the ball loose.
Whether or not this is legal is beside the point the fact is it is dirty and the rules, which are already in place, need to be inforced to the letter. Remember the plate was not blocked, take a close look as it there is no argument. When you have a 180lb man running at approx. 18mph the force generated is approx. 3200 lbs hitting a stationary, unprotected catcher. Until someone is paralyzed or incurs a brain injury the MLB will continue to overlook their own rulebook and allude to an unwritten rule that allows this type of cr.. It's a shame because the Giants loose one of the games brightest stars and all around good guys to a baseball hack and last man on the roster with nothing to loose but will be forever linked through his unfortunate choice.
As an ex USF Don I am not proud that Mr. Cousins represents my alma mater.

Dr. Matt

That was a criminal assault. Is a win so important that Scott Cousins was entitled to break Buster's legs? The Florida Marlins obviously condone appalling violence. Scott Cousins should be arrested. That was the dirtiest baseball I've seen in a long time.

Dr Matt's Wife

Dr Matt ...being the Proctologist u are , stick to looking at what you've been looking at everyday for a long time...You've proven by your comments that when it comes to watching Baseball you're a perfect AZZZHOLE..

Enough Already U Idiots

Hey Ralph..why dont you schedule an appointment with Dr Matt..you can bend over and Dr Matt can give u lecture on the dirtiest baseball he's seen in a long time while he's talking to you face to face...then you can hold hands a sing kumbaya..

Dr. Matt

The Marlins and their fans are nasty low lives who condone violence and laugh it off with stupid jokes. Buster was the victim of a deliberate attack, and the moron Marlins' coach insists it was "clean." Nonsense-- anyone who saw that video knows it was a violent assault. I wish the Marlins every misfortune, and hopefully, a few of them will have their legs broken too.

Judy

You obviously never saw the replay.....there was a lane to the plate unobstructed by Posey...as he was in front of the plate having just missed catching the ball...Karma for Kousins....

Larry

Cousins had plenty of room to run to home plate and touch the plate without even coming close to Posey. Posey was positioned above home plate and in no way was he blocking home plate. Cousins made no move to even come close to home plate---he just made a bull like charge at Posey who was positioned above home plate. In fact Cousins deliberately ran into the right side of Posey not the left. The right side was further from the plate. Why? As dirty a play as one can imagine--other than a pitcher hitting a batter in the head.

Knitting Buster's Dress and Booties

Cry Me A River of Liver...All the King Horses and All the Kings Men won't put Posey Back Together Again...All u Giant Whiners Write your Congressman...WWHHHAAA..BOOHOO...We Want the Rule Changed Because OUR Fair-Haired Buster Boy got Hurt and We Wost the Game..If it was the Other Teams Guy We Could Care Less ..But Our Poor BABY Buster...We can't take it anymore...WWWWHHHAAAA,SOB,SOB SOB..

Glags

This kid has zero testicular fortitude and is not tough enough to be a big league catcher.

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