In explaining his three walks on 12 pitches during Friday night's outing, Heath Bell said because of familiarity he felt more comfortable facing Carlos Lee than the Astros' young hitters. Bell got Lee on an excuse-me swing with the bases loaded to keep it a tie game in the ninth inning. Flash forward to Saturday. Bell was back on the mound with Lee in the batters' box, this time trying to preserve a lead and earn his first save. Lee ripped a single over second to tie it, and a Logan Morrison error in left allowed the go-ahead run to score. Bell got his second blown save in as many opportunities and the Astros earned a 5-4, series-evening victory in front of 31,659 Marlins Park fans. "I feel like crap," Bell said. "It's really hard to look at my teammates and them have confidence in me because I haven't had it. I have confidence in my ability, but I haven't shown them I can do it." Fill-in manager Joey Cora removed Bell after the Lee at-bat. The crowd serenaded him with boos as he departed, though Bell wasn't solely responsible for the disastrous ninth inning. Brett Hayes was cited for catchers' interference and Jordan Schafer was awarded first base as a result. That put two on and one out.
Bell blows save as Astros rally past Marlins in 9th
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Apr 15