The Marlins have had a lot of tough losses this season.
Manager Ozzie Guillen said tonight's might have been the toughest to watch.
First, a five run lead in the eighth becomes a four run lead entering the ninth after two Hanley Ramirez errors. Then, Heath Bell, who hadn't given up an earned run in 10 appearances dating back to May 26, blows a four-run lead with the dagger being a two-run home run to Yadier Molina with two outs.
Here's what Bell had to say afterward.
"We had definite momentum. I went out there and blew it," Bell said. "Plain and simple. This loss on me. I didn't have my stuff tonight -- for whatever reason. Once and a while this game humbles you. It definitely has humbled me right now and I'm just going to go out there and work hard and try not to ever have this happen again. I apologized to my teammates because I sucked tonight. I let everybody down. Plain and simple.
Was it a matter of control?
"I wasn't throwing strikes, plain and simple," Bell said. "I need to mix it up a little bit more. I just went out there throwing fastballs and was basically throwing BP to the Cardinals. They were hitting everything I threw and were swinging at everything I didn't throw for strikes. So, you go to tip your hat to them, but also slap me in the face because I sucked tonight. I let everybody down."
Guillen said he told Bell to be ready to go right back out there tomorrow.
"I know exactly what I did wrong," Bell said. "I'm going to fix it and I'm not going to let it happen again. These guys played way too good. We turned it around. You can forget about the losing because we're going to win. There's a bunch of winners out here. I just had an offnight."