Stanton has big impact on W without big blast

Day after 475-foot homer in loss, slugger plates 3, throws out runner, makes key catch

Stanton has big impact on W without big blast

LOS ANGELES -- Giancarlo Stanton didn't need to blast the baseball completely out of Dodger Stadium on Wednesday to still do major damage in the Marlins' 5-4 comeback victory.

Stanton drove in three runs against the Dodgers, including a two-run single that put Miami in front for good in a three-run seventh inning.

Stanton's two-run single

The slugger also made a standout defensive play, throwing out Yasmani Grandal trying to score from second on Kiké Hernandez's single in the second inning. In the fourth, Stanton made a catch to rob Howie Kendrick of a hit. The play was reviewed, and while replays showed he might have trapped the ball, the ruling was that the call stands.

Stanton makes diving catch

The big game from Miami's most imposing player came the day after Stanton wowed the baseball world with his home run that literally left the building, which Statcast™ tracked at a projected 475 feet. Stanton became the fifth player to accomplish the feat at Dodger Stadium.

Miami's comeback on Wednesday salvaged the series and a 4-6 road trip.

"That was huge, for one, not to get swept and to come back," Stanton said. "It's definitely what we needed heading into the off-day [Thursday], and to end this road trip."

The three-run seventh inning put the Marlins in front after they trailed 4-2.

"That's how you beat good teams: You've got to have timely hits, good at-bats, pound those innings," Stanton said.

A Sherman Oaks, Calif., native, Stanton grew up watching games at Dodger Stadium. The slugger admits that it was his childhood dream to belt a home run completely out of the park.

Statcast: Stanton's mammoth shot

"When I was young, that's actually what I wanted to do," Stanton said. "It wasn't necessarily hit a home run. I wanted to hit it out. Not your average 8-year-old says he can do that."

Two of the four players who also achieved the feat publicly expressed their appreciation of Stanton's accomplishment. Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire did so, as did Mike Piazza, who congratulated Stanton on Twitter.

"It brought back a lot of memories," McGwire said. "I'm in awe of watching him hit. It's fun to watch."

Said Piazza on Twitter: "Loved watching @Giancarlo818 bomb last night. Brought back memories, looked like similar pitch I hit, tough to drive fast ball That high."

Stanton has been too preoccupied to pay attention to the praises for his mammoth home run.

"I haven't had a chance, to be honest," he said. "I kind of had a quick night to get ready for today. I'll have the off-day tomorrow to recheck all that.

"Those are the two players who hit one when I was able to watch, so they're the reason why I've always wanted to do that. So that's pretty good."

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.