It might have been overlooked due to a costly dropped popup on Tuesday night, but Rob Brantly has been hitting the ball pretty well. The 23-year-old rookie catcher has at least one hit in each of his past five games, including two on Tuesday. Brantly is batting .381 (16-for-42) with nine runs scored, four doubles, two home runs and four RBIs over his past 13 games. He did not start Wednesday's series finale.
"One thing about this kid that's going to make him special, this kid wants to be good and he wants to learn," manager Ozzie Guillen said.
Guillen said Brantly would benefit from catching a better pitching staff, too.
"To help him, let's get a better pitching staff. He will be one of the best catchers in the game," the skipper said with a laugh. "You're not a good catcher if you don't have a good pitching staff. I don't care if Johnny Bench is behind the plate. If you don't have a good pitching staff, you're never going to be a good catcher. That's going to be your question mark all the time."
Greg Dobbs' .382 road average since June 21 leads the National League and ranks second in the Majors. Dobbs, who got a day off in Wednesday's series finale against the Phillies, has at least one hit in 28 of 33 road games over that same span.
On this date in 1996, Gary Sheffield hit his 42nd home run of the season, which remains a single-season record for the Marlins.