Milwaukee Brewers’ reliever Josh Hader has had a great season so far, posting a 1.21 ERA and just two home runs allowed in 44.2 innings of work heading into Monday and earning an All-Star selection this weekend. But when Hader came in with a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the seventh against the Miami Marlins Monday night, things didn’t go so well for him.
The first batter Hader faced, Marlins’ second baseman and leadoff hitter Starlin Castro, extended the at-bat through 10 pitches before sending the 11th 411 feet over the left-center field fence. Then, on the very next pitch, right fielder Brian Anderson hit a 434-foot home run to center field. Even the Marlins’ Twitter account couldn’t keep up:
Starlin sends one to left. TIE BALLGAME.
— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) July 10, 2018
Here’s video of the home runs. First, Castro’s:
Back-to-back home runs would be remarkable against any player, but it’s perhaps even more remarkable against a player having an All-Star season like Hader. Especially someone who’s allowed so few home runs this year. And it’s funny to see this come from the basement-dwelling Marlins, who were 37-55 entering this game. These home runs also prompted some, like noted Brewers’ fan and regular meltdown-haver Kato Kaelin, to hilariously overreact:
Holy F!! Hader is SO OVER @brewers!! U have got 2 be kidding me!! An All Star??? NO!!
— Kato Kaelin (@Kato_Kaelin) July 10, 2018
Hader’s ERA only jumped to 1.58 with these two home runs, which is still pretty amazing. And he got out of the inning without further damage, and recorded the first two outs of a second inning without allowing a further run (although he did concede a single and a walk, and had both a trainer visit to the mound and a regular visit to the mound). So he’s still pretty good, regardless of what Kaelin thinks. But the Marlins sure got to him in those two at-bats.