8/12/2014 10:25 P.M. ET
Cishek's latest save 'too close for comfort'
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
MIAMI -- Steve Cishek reached a milestone on Monday, logging his 30th save of the season. Although happy he secured the Marlins' 6-5 win over the Cardinals, the right-hander was once again disappointed in his performance.
The Cardinals scored twice in the ninth inning, marking the third time in his last four appearances that Cishek has given up an earned run.
"It's like bend don't break, I guess," Cishek said. "But it's been way too close for comfort. It is what it is. I'm going out there with the same mindset every day, and for some reason, I'm in a rut again. I go through these lulls a couple times a year."
Credit the 28-year-old for making the necessary pitches, but the overall feel for his command isn't quite there.
Cishek blew a save at Arizona on July 9, and he has converted 10 straight opportunities since. The saves just haven't come easy, as his ERA is now 3.86 in 51 1/3 innings.
"The bottom line is we're still winning ballgames, even though I'm giving up runs," the closer said. "In the end, the outcome is a 'W,' and that's all that really matters to me. I'm just going to keep going out there and battling with what I got."
Manager Mike Redmond said the club will monitor Cishek, and if necessary give him a breather.
"It hasn't been easy for him, but he's still getting the job done," Redmond said before Tuesday night's game. "He's still making pitches when he needs to. We're definitely going to have to monitor him. If he needs to get a day here or there, if that becomes a factor for him, we'll see."
The Marlins ended up giving Cishek off on Tuesday, in a game they won, 3-0. Bryan Morris opened the ninth inning and recorded two outs, but he allowed two baserunners. Morris was seeking his first MLB save, but after he walked Jon Jay, he was lifted in favor of Mike Dunn to face the left-handed-hitting Matt Adams.
Dunn struck out the pinch-hitter to log his first save of the season.
"Cishek had been in four out of five, nine out of 10, he needed a night," Redmond said. "We were able to pick him. We got through it."
Redmond touts Stanton's candidacy for NL MVP
MIAMI -- All aspects of Giancarlo Stanton's game came to the forefront in the Marlins' 6-5 win over the Cardinals on Monday night.
The 24-year-old right fielder smacked two home runs and made a run-saving diving catch. Stanton also showcased a strong arm, nearly throwing out Shelby Miller at first base on a single.
Doing everything is yet another reminder that Stanton not only was a deserving All-Star this season. According to manager Mike Redmond, the slugger should receive serious MVP consideration in the National League.
Entering Tuesday, Stanton paced the NL in home runs (31) and RBIs (82) and was batting .292, with a .393 on-base percentage and .568 slugging percentage.
Redmond is surprised Stanton isn't considered among the frontrunners for the NL MVP Award.
"I was watching one of those shows today, and they were talking about, just should he be mentioned. I was like, 'What? Just mention him?'" Redmond said. "I think what he's done is made a statement. For sure, he should be right up there."
Stanton isn't focused on personal achievements. He's striving to do his part to get his team back to .500 and into position for a final-month playoff push.
"I'm not typing MVP on Google every night," Stanton said. "I've got other things to worry about, starting with playing tonight."
After going through some struggles, Stanton feels he's getting back into the groove that he showed at the start of the season.
"I kind of fell off of my approach and my game plan for a while there," Stanton said. "But I'm glad. I'm feeling better."
The fun Stanton is having now is reminiscent of his days in youth baseball, when he had three homers in a game.
"I went 4-for-4 with three home runs," the slugger recalled from his Little League days. "They intentionally walked me the next time, so I batted lefty and actually hit it off the fence."
Marlins join in on ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
MIAMI -- Getting doused with a bucket of ice water is a chilly experience the Marlins certainly feel is worth taking. The past few days, players and members of the organization have joined the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
Before batting practice on Tuesday, team president David Samson and president of baseball operations Michael Hill each dumped buckets of ice water over their heads, doing their part to raise awareness to help strike out the disease.
"Trying to find a cure for ALS, it's a very difficult disease," Samson said. "I heard about the challenge just [Monday]."
Samson was made aware by Marty Sewell, the team's manager of baseball information.
"Of course we were going to do it," Samson said of the initiative that is sweeping the country.
Marlins director of communications Matt Roebuck raised the profile of the cause by coming up with the idea for an auction where fans can bid for the right to dump a bucket of ice water on the team's star player.
"Someone will bid for the right to dump on Giancarlo Stanton," Samson said.
Details of the auction are on Marlins.com/icebucket, with the bidding beginning at 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday and ending at 3 p.m. Friday.
Manager Mike Redmond has agreed to take the challenge, as have Casey McGehee, Garrett Jones and Christian Yelich.
General manager Dan Jennings also will take part.
"People are doing it all over the country," Samson said. "People are raising money. Hopefully a cure will come."
• Reliever Dan Jennings, who sustained a concussion after being struck on the side of a head by a line drive last week at Pittsburgh, has visited the team at Marlins Park. Jennings, still dealing with symptoms, is not ready to be in the dugout, as he has been advised to rest and be away from loud noises.