Giancarlo takes out frustration on bat amidst slump

Giancarlo takes out frustration on bat amidst slump

PHILADELPHIA -- The frustration got the best of Giancarlo Stanton in the fourth inning on Wednesday after his second strikeout. Angered, the three-time All-Star smashed his bat in the dugout.

The rest of the afternoon, like the entire series, didn't get much better. Stanton struck out four times, with his final swing and miss being the last out of the game as the Phillies beat the Marlins, 4-2, to take two-of-three at Citizens Bank Park.

"I'm playing like [garbage]," Stanton said. "Can't do it no more."

The Phillies completely shut down the Marlins' slugger, who went 0-for-10 with nine strikeouts in the three games.

"We're not going to be successful when you get zero production out of your cleanup guy," Stanton said. "I've said that before. That clearly shows you're not going to win series. They'll pick you up some games, but that's not ideal."

Jeremy Hellickson got Stanton swinging in the first, fourth and sixth innings.

The Marlins have faced the Phillies six times now, including three games in early May in Miami. Counting those games, Stanton is 1-for-18 with a home run and 12 strikeouts.

"It's never a fun time when you're going through that," Stanton said.

His hitless series dropped his batting average to .221 and raised his strikeout total to 52 in 136 at-bats.

"I don't think we can put everything on Giancarlo," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "We had some guys with good at-bats. We give a lot of at-bats away. We had a lot of easy outs. I think we went 1-2-3 four times in a row."

Mattingly pointed out that there was plenty to blame regarding the lost series.

The team was sluggish over the past two games -- at the plate and in the field. First baseman Justin Bour booted David Lough's grounder that opened the door for the Phillies' decisive three-run third inning. In that frame, starter Tom Koehler was a tad slow fielding Cesar Hernandez's bunt, and he beat the play out for an infield hit.

Miami also tapped into three double plays in the game.

"[Stanton] is one guy on our team," Mattingly said. "Honestly, the last two games were kind of the worst at-bats of the season for us. It's probably the most disappointing because we come in here, and we win the first game. Then we basically kind of don't show up the next two days."

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Stanton didn't get into specifics about what it happening at the plate. He has been working in the cages with hitting coaches Barry Bonds and Frank Menechino.

"I just see him on his heels, that's the biggest thing," Mattingly said. "But I'm not the hitting guy. Barry is the hitting guy. Usually when guys are in trouble, they're on their heels a little bit. They're not seeing the ball good. Again, he's one of a few."

Gomez closes the door

The swing and misses are obvious. But Stanton didn't catch any breaks, either. In the ninth inning, closer Jeanmar Gomez struck out Stanton to end the game. Stanton contended he foul-tipped the ball, but home-plate umpire Mark Ripperger didn't agree.

"I did foul tip it," Stanton said.

The umpire's response?

"Not reviewable," Stanton said.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. 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.