It was the sound of the blast that startled Manny Colon, the traveling secretary for the Marlins. It was the sight of the shot that brought a collective gasp from the crowd of 49,628 at Dodger Stadium.
Giancarlo Stanton launched a home run for the ages Monday.
Stanton become only the fourth player in the 53-year history of Dodger Stadium to hit a baseball clear out of the ballpark. His no-doubt, first-inning home run off Mike Bolsinger hit the back of the canopy in left field and bounced onto a walkway where Colon was standing.
“Such a loud boom, it scared me,” Colon said.
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Alas, for all of the clamor created by Stanton’s tape-measure shot, one measured at 478 feet by the folks at Dodger Stadium, it dissolved quickly into an 11-1 shellacking by the Dodgers.
“He crushed that ball,” said manager Mike Redmond. “He hammered that thing. Just wish we could have tacked on a few more.”
Marlins starter Dan Haren was knocked silly ‒ literally and physically ‒ in his Los Angeles homecoming. Haren was traded by the Dodgers in December, and his return went poorly.
In addition to being hit near his left wrist on a come-backer up the middle, Haren was bruised by the Dodgers to the tune of six runs, including a pair of home runs, in an outing that lasted just 4 1/3 innings.
“Just lost feeling in my [non-pitching] hand for a few seconds,” Haren said. “At first it was a little uncomfortable. But I didn’t really feel it much throughout. It’s definitely not any reason why things went the way they did today.”
It was easily the worst outing of Haren’s short tenure with Miami. Until Tuesday, he had provided the best results of any member of the Marlins’ rotation.
“They got him tonight,” Redmond said. “He’s been really good for us.”
The Dodgers didn’t let up after Haren was retired to the showers. The onslaught continued once Brad Hand took over. The Dodgers bombarded Hand, who was charged with five runs in only two-thirds of an inning.
The 11 runs were the most given up by the Marlins since a 12-2 loss to the Braves on April 7, and the 21 hits allowed were the most given up by the Marlins since Sept. 2, 2008. Andre Ethier had five of the Dodgers’ hits, including one of the homers.
The bludgeoning was so decisive that any chance for Redmond to provide a sneak preview of his new closer was put to rest early on. Steve Cishek was relieved of his ninth-inning duties Tuesday after blowing saves each of the two previous days.
And after Stanton’s loud home run, the Marlins went quiet at the plate, mustering only four more hits and no more more runs.
Still Stanton’s blast was a thing of beauty.
It was struck with such force that Dodgers left fielder Scott Van Slyke never moved his feet, instead looking over his shoulder to see where it would eventually land.
Stanton joined Willie Stargell, Mark McGwire and Mike Piazza as the only players to hit one out of the park in Chavez Ravine. Stargell did it twice.
It was a special thrill for Stanton, who grew up in the Los Angeles area and used to sit in the outfield bleachers watching Dodgers games while growing up. It also came at a time when Stanton is slumping.
The home run broke an 0-for-12 drought at the plate. During a road trip in which the Marlins are now 3-6, Stanton had gone 4 for 29 with 14 strikeouts. He followed his home run Tuesday with a single and a walk in two subsequent at bats before coming out once the game got out of hand.