Colombian brothers Donovan Solano, Jhonatan Solano pose for a picture with their parents, Myriam Preciado and Luis Solano before the Miami Marlins against the Washington Nationals game at Marlins Park in Miami on Tuesday, May 29, 2012.
They’re not the first brothers from Colombia to reach the majors. But the Solanos — Donovan
of the Marlins and Jhonatan
of the Nationals — aren’t about to quibble.
Only nine days after Donovan was called up by the Marlins and became the 12th Colombian-born player to reach the majors, older brother Jhonatan received his big promotion from the Nationals to become No. 13.
Their story is being trumpeted in the Colombian media.
“It’s amazing,” said Donovan, a backup infielder and outfielder.
Tuesday night was a family affair for the Solanos at Marlins Park as the players’ parents — Luis Solano
and Myriam Preciado
— made hasty arrangements to be in Miami for the occasion after the Nationals called up Jhonatan, a catcher, after Monday’s game.
Mom wore a Marlins jersey while Dad was decked out in a Nationals shirt.
Donovan picked his brother up at the airport Monday and hung out with him at the hotel.
His first words to Jhonatan: “We did it!”
“We cried a little bit, too,” Jhonatan said.Dose of humor John Buck
didn’t ask for the baseball after his second-inning single Monday snapped an 0-for-26 skid at the plate. But he joked about the drought-ending hit with first base coach Gary Thurman
“I teased Thurm, ‘What do I do now that I’m here? Do I go to the next base?’ ” Buck said. “He got a good laugh out of it, and [Nationals first baseman Adam
did as well. He asked, ‘Had it been a good while?’ And I said, ‘Yes, it had.’ ”
It wasn’t even the longest hitless streak of Buck’s career.
He once suffered through an 0-for-30 slump with the Royals in 2008. It has been a rough season at the plate for Buck, who entered Tuesday with a .164 average — second-lowest in the majors among everyday catchers.
“Being a catcher, I know I have a big impact on whether we win or lose games, just because of my position,” Buck said. “And I think that’s what’s helped me [cope]. When I’ve struggled at the plate, I’ve always put more energy into the catching because it helps me deal with it. When I’m not doing it offensively, I feel like I can make it up behind the plate.”Youthful slugger Giancarlo Stanton
is only the fourth player under the age of 23 to have 11 home runs and 27 RBI in a month. The others: Johnny Bench
, Bob Horner
and Adam Dunn
According to Stats LLC, those are the only four players to accomplish the feat since the expansion era began in 1961.
Stanton’s 11 home runs are tied for the second most in a calendar month in club history, one behind Dan Uggla’s
record of 12 home runs set in May 2008. Gary Sheffield
hit 11 homers in April 1996 for the Marlins.Coming up
: Marlins RHP Josh Johnson
(2-3, 4.87 ERA) vs. Washington Nationals RHP Chien-Ming Wang
(1-0, 3.00), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
: No game.
• Scouting report
: During his past five starts, Johnson is 2-0 with a 4.40 ERA. In 14 career starts against the Nats, Johnson is 7-0 with a 3.22 ERA, and the Marlins are 10-4 in those outings. With a win or a no-decision Tuesday, Johnson would become the third active player with 15 or more starts against one team without a loss.