Infante maintains consistency in No. 2 spot

Infante maintains consistency in No. 2 spot

Infante maintains consistency in No. 2 spot
CLEVELAND -- No matter where he is in the lineup, Omar Infante continues to hit.

The Marlins second baseman has been the club's most consistent batter all season, sporting a .325 batting average.

At no stretch has he gone more than two games without a hit. When he was in his most recent slide, an 0-for-11 drought, he used a bunt single in the third inning in Tuesday's win over the Pirates to get back on track.

The bunt triggered a four-hit game, and he followed that up with three hits in Atlanta on Wednesday.

"That little base hit," Infante said, "that's what I was looking for, because I was [0-for-11]. I was looking for a hit. I was looking at third base, he was playing behind the bag. Sometimes I can bunt good for a hit. That helped me a lot."

Infante was hitless in four at-bats vs. the Braves on Thursday, but he entered the weekend Interleague series at Cleveland 7-for-14 in his last three games.

Manager Ozzie Guillen has been using Infante in the second spot of late, and the second baseman has responded with a .367 average. He's also been used a lot hitting fifth (.270), sixth (.375) and seventh (.381).

Infante is making a strong case to be an All-Star, and he tops all National League second basemen in batting average. Jose Altuve and Martin Prado are batting .319.

"It's not easy," Infante says of maintaining a high batting average. "Sometimes you feel good, sometimes you feel bad."