ATLANTA -- Nobody knows how much pain Giancarlo Stanton will be in when he wakes up Thursday morning, but his left shoulder was "freaking" hurting him Wednesday.
Stanton, who made a diving grab to rob Jason Heyward of a run-scoring extra-base hit that would have tied the game in the fourth, definitely tweaked his left shoulder trying to catch a sinking line drive off he bat of pinch-hitter Eric Hinske in the seventh. His shoulder was rapped in ice after the game and Stanton admitted he was in pain.
"That freaking hurt," Stanton said of the failed attempt to catch the ball off Hinkse. "I lost it in the lights and then I picked it up probably this far away. I don't know how it hurts so bad. But they were saying it looked pretty ugly on film. [My left arm] kind of yanked over. The ground kept it from going. But it will be alright. It just was really [painful]. It really hurt."
Stanton has had some amazing catches this season and some really ugly defensive moments too. Later in the seventh, he was charged with his fifth error of the season when he booted a single to right by Martin Prado.
"A lot of stupid, stupid mistakes this year," Stanton said of his defense. "Like that ball right there, it snaked on me a little bit. That's about all my errors -- easy plays like that. I've just got to just learn from it and keep improving."
As for his big catch, Stanton said: "I just put my head down and ran -- ran to a spot and popped [my head] back up and dove for it... This was way better than [Tuesday's vs. Pirates]. This one saved two runs and the other one was just a catch."
> Give the normally quiet Austin Kearns credit for the best quote of the night. Told that before Jose Reyes stole home Wednesday, he was the only Marlin on the team who had achieved the feat, Kearns laughed and said: "Not everybody can run like me and Reyes you know."