SAN DIEGO -- Not sure how many of you back home managed to remain awake to catch the ending, but Giancarlo Stanton put the exclamation point on another Marlins victory last night with a shot to right center in the 11th (see story here).
It was the kind of homer that had folks on both sides marveling afterward. Like Padres catcher and University of Miami product Yasmani Grandal for instance. Grandal was behind the plate when Stanton put his barrell on a Dale Thayer 0-2 fastball.
Unlike many of his other blasts, Stanton's dinger on Thursday wasn't a no-doubter. Stanton said it wasn't even a home run swing. Rather it was an "easy swing" (his words) that produced positive results. After being made to look "silly" on the previous pitch, an elevated fastball that Stanton swung at and missed, he figured Thayer would come back with another pitch just like it, or an 0-2 offering in the dirt. He got the former.
And here's what Grandal had to say about it:
“That’s probably the best pitch (Thayer) threw,” Grandal said. “He painted it. It was right on the spot. But there’s only one guy that can hit that, and he was at the plate. I guarantee you there’s not another player in this league who could hit that pitch.”
If you haven't seen it already, take a look for yourself: