Giancarlo puts on impressive power display

SAN FRANCISCO — Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen has seen his share of smoked line drives. But he hasn’t seen the ball scorched the way Giancarlo Stanton did it on Wednesday night at AT&T Park.

Stanton ripped a double that thudded off the wall in left field, and then he delivered the game-winning home run in the 10th inning on a liner that barely clearly the wall in left field.

“I don’t see anybody hit line drives like that,” Guillen said. “The ball that hit the wall. That ball was hit, like, ‘Wow!’ I don’t remember anybody who has that strength or have the ball come off his bat like that.”

Did Guillen think Stanton’s drive in the 10th inning had enough air under it to clear the fence?

“No, I thought that ball was going to be like the one that hit the wall,” Guillen said. “I was like, ‘Stay up.’ That was like a laser.”

Guillen has pitched batting practice to Stanton, and he’s seen the pure strength of the 22-year-old.

“I pitched batting practice, and the ball hit the screen,” Guillen said. “That was some thunder. This kid is like brutal power.”

A hitter Guillen has seen with similar power is Jim Thome.

“Jim Thome has that power too,” the Marlins manager said. “The ball jumps off his bat, and quick.”

Joe Frisaro  

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