PITTSBURGH -- Donovan Solano succeeded as a pinch hitter again Friday, drawing praise from Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen on Saturday before Miami played the second of a three-game series against the Pirates.
As a pinch hitter this season, Solano is batting .545 (6-for-11), including his seventh-inning single off reliever Chris Resop. Fourteen of Solano's 61 plate appearances have come as a pinch hitter, and in that time he's hit a triple, knocked in two runs and reached on walks twice. Solano's on-base percentage as a pinch hitter is .615.
"He's a good hitter. We [found] out that in Spring Training," Guillen said. "He's not afraid. If you're afraid to fail, if you're afraid to do stuff, then you're not going to do it.
"I think he's a pretty good baseball player. And he's not afraid to do stuff."
Solano has played in left field and at every infield position except first base. His season average is .327, and he's picked up six RBIs and five doubles.
"I think this kid's doing everything he can in his power to never go back to the Minor Leagues," Guillen said. "And he's doing a pretty good job.