Josh BellMLBbro slugger Josh Bell put together one of his best offensive performances of the season on Saturday, May 18 as the Miami Marlins defeated the New York Mets 10-9 in extra innings.

 

Bell went 3-for-5 at the plate with four RBI, a home run, and a run scored. His three-run shot in the bottom of the ninth tied the game and gave Miami the chance to win in extras.

 

“It was nuts,”  Bell said of his game-tying three-run homer in the ninth. “Obviously, the fifth, sixth inning rolls around [and] you’re hearing the ‘Let’s go Mets’ chants. I know their fans travel well, but it was nice to hear our fans cheer that whole inning. I kind of blacked out there for a little bit, but I felt like it was the moment to do so. I can’t take that back.”

 

Josh Bell Delivers For Struggling Miami Marlins 

 

When the game was on the line, Bell stepped up and delivered for his team, something he has done numerous times throughout his career.

 

The win against the Mets marked the fourth win in a row for Miami.

 

At the start of the season, the Marlins struggled and were looking to find their identity. And Bell was not having much production at the plate either.

Through April, he hit .167 with three home runs. It was only a matter of time before he would start to find his rhythm at the plate.

“I didn’t think he was going to hit .160 or .170 forever,” Marlins manager Skip Schumaker said. “He’s just too good of a player, and [he’s] a switch-hitter, [so] he’s going to be playing every day. It wasn’t like I was going to take him out of games, because he’s good on both sides of the plate. It was just a matter of time, and we needed him to get going because [in] the middle of the order, there’s guys on base in front of him.”

“And he felt it. He took it personally. He wasn’t happy about it. He was staying after games. He was coming really early before everybody was showing up. The guy puts in work, and he doesn’t take a day off ground balls, either. When your best players are going out there early and doing the work, everyone follows. And so Josh is a big deal in that clubhouse, and obviously a big deal for me as a young manager to lean on with different things — not just baseball-related. I felt like he was going to catch fire here pretty soon, and what a big hit tonight.”

Through 59 at-bats during May, Bell is hitting .322 and has a .525 slugging percentage.

When he joined Miami last year, he wasted no time giving the team some production at the plate.

Through 53 games, he hit .270 with 11 home runs and 26 RBI. He also made the most of his appearances in the postseason, appearing in two games and hitting .500 with two doubles and a RBI.

The 31-year-old is a key piece to this Marlins roster and the energy he brings impacts the team on and off the field.

Bell is that veteran player you want to have on your team and he will look to continue to make a positive impact with Miami.

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