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Heath Bell: "... Slap me in the face because I sucked tonight"

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."

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Joe the Bartender

Can we kick in your teeth too, Queef Smell?

Flagstafffishfan

You know what? Who really gives a shite what any of them say? This was one of the more epic losses in this teams history. It is clear that the fans, season ticket holders and sponors have all lost out on this failure of a team. The changes need to start with Larry Beinfest and move down from there. This team needs to be gutted with the exception of a few and what a horrible horrible horrible bet that Loria took with Ozzie Guillen as manager. I would pull my kid from a little league team if they were managed by Guillen. There's no repairing this squad after tonight...we all know it but hate to admit it. Season is just about out of reach. Ozzie should do what the Japanese are famous for doing and.....fall on the sword. He's looked foolish, predictable and is outsmarted given any opportunity.

Eddie S

It's not Heath Bell's fault. It's Ozzie's fault for leaving him in the game after the score was 6-4. Also WHY IS GAUDIN IN THE GAME IN THE 10TH INNING.THE LAST 10 OUTINGS HE HAS SUCKED 7 OUT OF 10 WERE BAD OUTINGS ANY NORMAL TEAM WOULD HAVE SENT HIM DOWN OR RELEASED HIM. WEBB IS 10 TIMES BETTER THAN GAUDIN. THIS LOSS GOES AGAINST GUILLEN

Flav C

Screw this person who one day created the "professional closer".
Just like Alex and several others have mentioned, I really trusted Ozzie would be able to bring something different to this club. Guess we were wrong. If you guys look at last year under Edwin, the stupid moves and lack of coherence in the line up are pretty much the same.
It took Ozzie 2 months to put Infante back in the #5 spot, which was the spot he thrived in April.
He continues to shuffle Hanley up and down in the lineup in the hopes that this is the solution for all Hanley related problems.
It will take him forever to realize LoMo is not a clean up batter. He had amazing numbers batting #2 in his rookie season. The other day Ozzie scoffed at this possibility of putting LoMo back in the #2.

Bell is a tremendous disappointment. Not only as a closer, but as a pitcher. He would have been a disaster pitching 6, 7 or 8th inning. It just happens that he is our "closer". He is money wasted as an investment. Not that it matters much right now, but he is the sole reason the Marlins being last and not second. His blown saves are the exact difference of the Marlins not being 39-34(.534) and 3 games behind the Nats, instead of 8.

You know, we bash Buck a lot. But this guy has been working his ass off to get better and he has been doing better. He is right now batting .175, horrible, for any standard. But guess what? His OBP is THE SAME as LoMo, who has 40 bat avg points higher than Buck, and 40 more at bats.

Do y'all want to talk about plate discipline? LoMo had 4 at bats tonight. He saw 8 pitches total. 8. Unbelievable. He swung the bat at every single 2n pitch, even though for most of the at bats the pitcher was behind 1-0. 8 pitches. That's how many Ruggiano saw in 2 at bats.
Dobbs? Professional hitter Dobbs saw 22 pitches in 4 at bats.
Good plate discipline is what made the Cards get Ricky out of the game very quickly. They fought for every single at bat, made him work. And you gotta give credit to them for that. They probably realized they would not find too many opportunities with him so, "let's make Ricky work and try our luck with their bullpen". It worked out. After 6 innings, game over for Ricky. And when did the Cards score their runs? 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th. Smart strategy.

bob

This Marlins team makes me sick. I have to go get my blood pressure checked now.

bob

What makes this worse is that there were a lot of people staying late on a Monday night for the Marlins. You were lucky to get a thousand to stay after the 9th at Sun Life. This crowd cheered for the Marlins even in the 10th after Bell blew yet another save. What do the Marlins do? Lose for their cheering fans. Pathetic.

richiej

anybody remember the '62 Mets? They at least were loveable. This team is not loveable. And by the way, remember when Hanley said he wanted to be the team leader? Well he is.

Samsons Boyfriend

Was at the game and the people staying late ,after it was 6-2, were 75% Cardinal fans. Marlins fans started leaving in droves after the 7th inning. At the end of the game their was less than 10,000 people there.

Joe the Bartender

Put Ozzie out of his misery after the game last nite/early morning. One 1.5 ltr. hook-up of Ketal One did the trick. He'll be ready for tonite after we throw him in the shower at noon. Actually ,Ozzie speaks English better, after he is medicated.

To Hell With David Samson

I'd like to slap Queef Smell in the face, alright. With a spiked 2x4 coated in napalm. And then move on down the line.

Dr Kevorkian

Ozzie says You just gotta sleep on it . "Weak people carry it onto the next day. Strong people ,like me , just get drunk, take an ambien,go to sleep,and hopefully come back ,the next day". Unfortunatly.

BraMan

BWWWHAHHAHAHAHHHAHA Queef Smell!

Wally & the Beaver

From now on ,when Queef Smell enters the game ,the stadium organist will play "Leave It To Queefer"

m

lets face the facts . buck calls a terrible game . he asked for a fastball when holiday was up and the count was 0 n 2. then he asked for a curve ball to a hitter in the tenth who is a pitcher.. he sucks , trade his ass and fire ozzie .. !!! trade hanley and let solano play 3rd . watch how this team would be ..BETTER

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