Scoring change costs Yelich a three-hit debut

Scoring change costs Yelich a three-hit debut

ATLANTA -- Marlins rookie Christian Yelich is piling up hits of late, as he rides an eight-game hitting streak.

But on Friday, the 21-year-old had a hit taken away due to a scoring change. The reversal wipes away Yelich's third hit of his MLB debut, which took place on July 23 against the Rockies at Coors Field.

By overturning that hit, Yelich officially went 2-for-4 instead of 3-for-4. The change also means Mike Redmond, Miami's manager, remains the only player in franchise history to start his MLB career with three straight hits.

Rather than having that third hit, which occurred in the fifth inning, an error has been charged to Colorado second baseman DJ LeMahieu

Rated by MLB.com as the Marlins' top prospect, Yelich has been heating up. He had a three-hit game, and belted his first big league homer, on Thursday in Miami's 5-4 loss in 10 innings at Pittsburgh.

Yelich's revised batting average is now .303 (20-for-66) since he was promoted from Double-A Jacksonville. Even though a hit was taken away at Colorado, Yelich has two three-game hits in his brief big league career. He went 3-for-5 against the Indians on Aug. 2, to go along with his performance on Thursday at Pittsburgh.

Yelich looks to extend his streak on Friday when the Marlins open a three-game series at Atlanta.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.