Heath Bell is having a bad game, giving up 2 runs on 3 hits in just 1.2 innings. The big blow was a bases-clearing double he gave up after relieving Cesar Ramos.

But Bell was just getting started. Later, a pitch got away from Bell as he hit Omar Infante in the face with a pitch.

The pitch appeared to hit Infante in the jaw. Infante needed to be helped off the field, but he did get up and walk off.

 
 

8 Comments

  1. formattedfire3 says:

    Hells Bells that was brutal tonight.

  2. wealthmony says:

    That’s bad pitching. Intentional? Only Bell knows.
    No matter what, it was bad.

  3. Political_Man says:

    We’ve had a lot of success with these reclamation projects. Jason Isringhausen is one of the failures that often gets forgotten in the sea of successes this team has had with relief pitchers. Heath Bell seems closer to Isringhausen than to Joaquin Benoit to me… I still wake up in cold sweats to the blown 10-0 lead in Cleveland in 2009.

  4. Bell was a terrible acquisition. Leopards don’t change their spots. He’ll continue to hurt the Rays til Andrew reluctantly admits he made another mistake.

  5. Dave L says:

    Jeez the shot to the face was unfortunate and it clearly shook Bell.

    Predictions can be made that say ‘he will stink’ but not based on his results so far.

    Previous to last night Bell had 3 one inning clean hitless scoreless outings facing 11 total batters.

    Last night he let Ramos runner score along with 2 of his own and thats not good. But he followed it with 2 more scoreless innings (along with the brutal HBP).

    Almost 3 innings of work which wasn’t his forte for many years.

    Sure he looks unhealthy as I pointed out the other nite, but he isnt killing us yet. I am not ready to declare him a failure sorry to be a wet blanket. He is adjusting to be another guy in the pen not the closer so lets see what happens

    • AJNO says:

      agreed with all you said. esp the part about him appearing unhealthy. still jsut amazed how fat and out of shape, so many pitchers appear to be, these days…

  6. BJ Rassam says:

    I hope that Bell’s pitch got away from him, and that he did not hit Infante in the face on purpose.

  7. Bellfriend says:

    These comments make me so angry. Heath would never intentionally hurt someone. He is the kindest human being. Also he is NOT fat and out of shape! The guy juices and eats very healthy. He works out EVERYDAY running and exercising. Just because someone is genetically bigger does NOT mean they are fat and out of shape. He works very hard staying in shape and working out!! He could probably kick your butts running! — a close personal friend of Heath’s

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