MILWAUKEE -- Heath Bell was charged with his fifth blown save -- and what a doozy it was -- in yesterday's epic 13-12 loss to the Brewers. There was the comeback, the Bell meltdown, and finally Ozzie Guillen's cherry-on-top clubhouse rant to close out a wild one at Miller Park.
The loss was the fourth one in recent weeks -- and second in as many days -- in which the Marlins appeared to have a relatively solid handle on the outcome, only for it to all slip away somehow (Boston at Fenway, the Cardinals' 9th-inning comeback in Miami and Monday's defeat after building a 5-2 lead on Zack Greinke).
Bell has had a hand in two of those, but his failures so far this season (today's 81st game takes us to the exact halfway point) extend far beyond his "blown saves." Check out the diary of his downfalls:
-- April 14 vs. Houston -- Marlins are leading 4-1 in the 9th, but Bell gives up four runs in a 5-4 loss. Blown Save.
-- April 26 at New York -- Marlins are leading 2-1 in the 9th, but Bell gives up two runs in a 3-2 loss. Blown Save.
-- May 2 at San Francisco -- Marlins are leading 2-0 in the 9th, but Bell is lifted for Steve Cishek after the Giants score twice to tie it and send game to extra innings. Marlins won 3-2 in the 10th. Not a blown save since Cishek inherited the save situation from Bell.
-- May 4 at San Diego -- Marlins are leading 8-7 in the 9th, but Bell gives up the tying run. Marlins eventually win 9-8 in the 12th. Blown Save.
-- May 13 vs. New York Mets -- Marlins are tied 2-2 with Mets in the 9th, but Bell gives up two runs as Mets take the lead. Marlins score six in the bottom of the 9th to pull out victory. Bell, as the pitcher of record, is credited with the win.
-- May 25 vs. San Francisco -- Marlins take a 7-4 lead into the 9th. But after Giants rally for two runs to trim the lead, Bell is lifted and Cishek is brought in to preserve a 7-6 win.
-- May 26 vs. San Francisco -- Marins take a 5-2 lead into the 9th. But Bell is lifted for the second straight night when he gives up a run. Choate brought in to preserve 5-3 win.
-- June 25 vs. St. Louis -- Marlins lead 6-2 in the 9th. But Bell gives up four runs and Cardinals win 8-7 in the 10th. Not a blown save since Bell did not enter in a save situation.
-- July 3 at Milwaukee -- After overcoming a 9-2 deficit and taking an 12-11 lead in the 10th, Bell gives up a two-run homer to Aramis Ramirez and Marlins lose 13-12. Blown Save.