Frightening moment in the 10th inning of tonight's 2-1 victory by the Marlins when Donovan Solano was struck in the back of the helmet with an Evan Reed fastball. But after walking off the field under his own power and receiving medical attention from the Marlins training staff and a physician, Solano said he was feeling fine and hoped to play in the season finale Sunday.
"I know it hit my head, but I feel normal," Solano said.
Reed is a former pitcher in the Marlins' farm system, obtained from Texas in the Jorge Cantu in 2010 and claimed off waivers in April by the Tigers. He was all over the place in Saturday's 10th inning. After issuing a one-out walk to Justin Ruggiano, he hit Solano with a 95-mph fastball and then walked Christian Yelich to load the bases for Giancarlo Stanton with one out.
Stanton, after watching Solano take a pitch to the noggin, said he pulled his helmet down around his head extra snug before stepping into the batter's box to face Reed.
"He was throwing heaters, so you knew you were going to get a heater," Stanton said. "He wasn't locating."
Stanton then delivered a game-winning single. It was the first walkoff victory for the Marlins since July 13, and it was Stanton's first walkoff hit this season.