Marlins reach rare pinch-hit feat

Marlins reach rare pinch-hit feat

Marlins reach rare pinch-hit feat
PHILADELPHIA -- Something relatively uncommon occurred for the Marlins in Friday night's 6-4 loss to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

Nothing that would fall into the breaking news category. Still, in the big leagues, where everything is charted, broken down, analyzed and re-analyzed, the feat is worthy of mention.

The Marlins had three pinch-hit hits in one game. Donnie Murphy delivered a single in the sixth inning. And in the eighth, Justin Ruggiano connected on a pinch-hit home run and Donovan Solano added a pinch-hit single.

"I've been studying the guys I might be facing," Ruggiano said. "My mindset is, if I get a fastball to hit, that's what I'm looking for."

Miami nearly had a fourth pinch-hit, but in the ninth, the final out came when Greg Dobbs lined a drive to deep center field. John Mayberry Jr., racing straight back and turning a couple of different ways, reached and robbed Dobbs of extra bases.

You have to go back to July 9, 2009, to find the last time the Marlins had three pinch-hit hits in the same game. Against Arizona that day, Andy Gonzalez tripled in the seventh inning. And in the eighth inning, Hanley Ramirez had a single and Brett Carroll belted a home run.

That was a memorable game at Arizona, because the Marlins trailed, 7-0, entering the sixth inning, and they won 14-7, scoring 10 runs in the eighth.