Solano finding groove with runners in scoring position

Solano finding groove with runners in scoring position

Solano finding groove with runners in scoring position

CHICAGO -- Donovan Solano entered Wednesday hitting .480 (12-for-25) with 15 RBIs with men in scoring position since July 30.

"I'm focused more on staying relaxed [in those situations]," Solano said. "I don't try to do too much. If you get a base hit, [that's great]. If you don't get a base hit, that's OK. It's baseball."

Marlins manager Mike Redmond said that Solano is the right type of hitter for situations in which runners are in scoring position.

"I think he's a contact guy anyway," Redmond said. "Some guys seem to have more of a knack for [hitting with] runners in scoring position, and I think a guy like him who can kind of inside-out balls, hit the ball to right [and] pull balls, that definitely helps."

Redmond added that he can see Solano's relaxed approach in his at-bats, and that his ability to come through in the clutch can translate throughout the rest of the lineup.

"I think the biggest thing is he doesn't try to do too much," Redmond said. "He just takes a pitch and drives the ball. And when you talk about being successful with runners in scoring position, you've got to get a pitch you can hit and really just put the ball in play, and he's been able to do that.

"Sometimes those at-bats kind of feed themselves throughout the rest of the order, too. Guys are able to feed off of [his] at-bats."

Solano said that he likes being in a spot in which he can drive home a run.

"Any at-bat when somebody's on second or third base, [I want to] get a base hit," Solano said. "We're trying to help the team win in any situation."

Solano added that even if a hitter fails 70 percent of the time, he's considered good.

"If you [get a hit] 30 percent [of the time] in this sport, you will be a good [hitter]," he said.

Manny Randhawa is an associate reporter for Carrie Muskat is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.