One night after belting the majors’ longest home run since 2009, Giancarlo Stanton landed one in the players’ parking lot belonging to the Colorado Rockies.
On the bounce, but still ...
The Bunyan-esque legend of Stanton continued to grow Saturday at Coors Field, where the Marlins’ 22-year-old man-child entered the record books with yet another display of breathtaking power.
With his three-run fender bender off Tyler Chatwood in the first inning of the Marlins’ 6-5 victory over the Rockies, Stanton became the first player in major-league history to hit a home run in his first six games at any ballpark.
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Stanton has now now homered in each of his six games at Coors.
“That’s pretty cool,” Stanton said. “Anytime you do something that no one’s ever done in the big leagues, it’s something pretty cool. I’ll enjoy that one.”
OUT OF LEFT FIELD
The record-setting knock didn’t match his 494-foot crusher Friday in terms of sheer distance. But, at 448 feet, it was no chip shot. And it scored high on style points, landing on the concourse behind the left-field bleachers, bouncing out of the ballpark on one hop, and landing somewhere in the Rockies’ lot.
Stanton said if the ball damaged a car belonging to a Rockies player, well, that’s simply unfortunate.
“Hopefully not,” Stanton said. “But, if there is [damage], I’m not paying for it.”
Stanton said he likes hitting at Coors because of the ivy-covered wall that serves as the batter’s eye backdrop. He said he enjoys hitting at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia for the same reason.
Memo to Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria: grow ivy at Marlins Park.
“I will tell Mr. Loria that,” said manager Ozzie Guillen. “Let’s put ivy there.”
As if his brute hitting strength wasn’t stunning enough, Stanton made a spectacular, somersaulting catch in right one inning after his home run. Stanton robbed Jordan Pacheco of a certain extra-base hit with a diving, backhanded catch.
The night didn’t belong entirely to Stanton.
SOLID START BY EOVALDI
While Hanley Ramirez was connecting on a pair of home runs for the Dodgers on Saturday, one of the players the Marlins received for him in last month’s trade with Los Angeles – Nathan Eovaldi – was turning in perhaps his finest performance so far as a Marlin.
Eovaldi, 22, held the Rockies to one run over 6 2/3 innings. It was the second-longest outing of his 21 career major-league starts. His 115 pitches marked a personal high.
“It’s nice starting a game knowing you’ve got good run support already,” he said.
The Rockies didn’t record their first hit off Eovaldi until Michael Cuddyer singled with no outs in the fourth and scored their only run on Tyler Colvin’s RBI double in the same inning.
“I was real pleased with it,” Eovaldi said of his outing.
But the Marlins’ bullpen allowed the cushion to crumble.
Colorado made it 6-3 with two runs in the eighth off Chad Gaudin and trimmed it to 6-5 with two more in the ninth off Steve Cishek. But, with the tying run at first, Cishek retired Jordan Pacheco on a weak grounder for his ninth save.
• Following Saturday’s game, the Marlins optioned outfielder Scott Cousins to Triple A New Orleans and designated infielder Gil Velazquez for assignment. The Marlins intend to activate outfielder Emilio Bonifacio and infielder Donnie Murphy off the disabled list in time for Sunday’s game at Coors Field.