Bell, bullpen provide big confidence boost

Bell, bullpen provide big confidence boost

Bell, bullpen provide big confidence boost
SAN FRANCISCO -- A clean, 12-pitch, scoreless ninth came as a welcome relief for Marlins closer Heath Bell.

The veteran right-hander, who had a rough April, picked up a big save on Tuesday in Miami's 2-1 win over the Giants.

Bell collected his third save in six opportunities, and he bounced back after a couple of rough outings. He had allowed four runs in his previous two appearances, which included a blown save at the Mets on April 26. He gave up two runs in the ninth inning of that game.

And on April 30, Bell allowed two runs in the ninth in a non-save opportunity against the D-backs.

Retiring the Giants in order, the Marlins hope, will be what was needed to get Bell on track.

"The way the win came along, it was outstanding for a few players, especially Heath Bell," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "He got this out of the way. It created confidence. That creates confidence from us too, the ballclub."

After dropping eight of nine, the Marlins hadn't had much to cheer about. They were energized on Tuesday, partly because the relievers sat in the dugout.

The way AT&T Park is built, there aren't enclosed bullpens. Relievers warm up in foul territory down the first and third-base lines.

At Marlins Park, the Miami bullpen is beyond the left-field wall.

"They were into the game. They were having fun," Guillen said of the bench. "There was a lot of enthusiasm. There was a lot of screaming. I think it had a lot to do with the guys in the bullpen being in the dugout."