Guillen, Marlins revel in Solano's first hit

Guillen, Marlins revel in Solano's first hit

Guillen, Marlins revel in Solano's first hit
MIAMI -- Donovan Solano appeared in 738 Minor League games, and he had 2,650 at-bats, before he stepped into the batter's box for the first time in the big leagues.

In his second game with the Marlins, Solano was given a pinch-hit opportunity in Tuesday's 7-6 win over the Rockies.

Solano singled to right in his first big league at-bat. The ball was retrieved for him to keep.

"That's mine," the 24-year-old said.

Solano was also given the official lineup card to remember the occasion.

Solano is the 12th MLB player ever from Colombia. His idol growing up was Edgar Renteria.

"Every time you see a kid come to the big leagues, get his first big league hit, or pitch well, it's special," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "We know how hard it is just to get here. This kid works very hard. He had a great spring. Believe in yourself.

"I see everybody in the dugout was clapping for him. That's outstanding. ... With this kid, everybody, even the coaching staff, was clapping for this kid. I don't know why. Everybody loves the kid. Very professional. You name it. It was nice to see everybody on the ballclub see their teammate get their first hit."

Guillen was asked about his first big league hit, which was a bunt single off Ray Searage on April 9, 1985. Guillen was then with the White Sox, and Searage (now the Pirates' pitching coach) was with the Brewers.

"You remember when your kids are born, your mom's birthday and your first big league hit," Guillen said.

The ball, Guillen said, he gave to a church in Venezuela. The manager joked that the church had gifts like gold and diamonds.

"They had gold, diamonds and a little baseball," Guillen said. "That meant a lot to me."