PORT ST. LUCIE -- The Marlins pounded out 19 hits in an 11-1 victory Monday over the New York Mets. But the hit that had everyone talking was Giancarlo Stanton's second homer of the season, a mammoth shot to left-center that nearly landed on one of the Mets' practice fields. Mets announcers were in disbelief, saying they had never seen one hit there before.
Stanton nearly homered earlier in the at bat when his long fly ball down the left field line was just foul.
But after fouling off the next two pitches, he went deep off Mets left-hander Jack Leathersich.
"I just wanted to hit the ball hard coming from that," Stanton said of the earlier foul ball. "A lot of times -- I've done it and I've seen other players do it -- you hit a ball like that foul and then you call it a day for the rest of the at bat. I (didn't) want to say, 'I hit a home run foul. Good for me.' That doesn't mean anything. That was more what I was thinking."
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The Marlins had managed to make it through the first few weeks of spring training relatively injury-free. But that stretch of good fortune ended Monday when Jeff Baker left the game with a strained left hamstring while Rafael Furcal came out a while later with a strained left hamstring.
Manager Mike Redmond said he doesn't think either injury is serious, but cautioned that he'll know more Tuesday. Baker was scheduled to go to Fort Myers to face the Red Sox, but those plans were altered by Monday's injury.