Adeiny Hechavarria said he was cold all game Thursday and couldn’t wait to get back to the warm weather in Miami.
Hechavarria might have been cold on what was a bone-chilling afternoon at Citizens Bank Park, but his bat remained hot.
Hechavarria went 4 for 4 on Thursday to conclude a road trip in which he broke out of an early-season hitting slump, going 18 for 39 (.462) during the 10 games and returning to South Florida with a .311 average, second-best on the team.
When the trip started, he was hitting just .045.
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“It wasn’t a good start for myself and the team at home,” Hechavarria said. “But I didn’t change anything. I feel good playing right now. It was just a bad start in Miami.”
Said manager Mike Redmond in his post-game press conference: “You guys had him dead and buried after 20 at-bats. We all know he’s going to hit.”
Ichiro Suzuki’s pursuit of Sadaharu Oh’s Japanese record for career runs scored is generating interest in Japan even though the new, unofficial mark would carry an asterisk.
Oh scored 1,967 runs while playing exclusively in Japan.
Suzuki’s present figure of 1,966 includes his combined totals for Japan (658 runs) and Major League Baseball (1,308).
TINY RBI TOTAL
The Marlins on Wednesday became the first team in 40 years to score as many as six runs with one RBI or fewer. Martin Prado’s RBI was the only one for the Marlins in their 6-1 win over the sloppy Phillies.
The last time it happened: June 15, 1975, when the Mets recorded only one RBI in a 6-0 win over the Padres.
It was the first time in Marlins history that they scored more than three runs in a game with so few RBI.
But it could all change.
The Marlins are appealing a scorer’s decision in which the Phillies were charged with an error on Dee Gordon’s bases-loaded fly ball to center in the eighth. Three runs scored on the play, and Gordon ended up at third.
The Marlins feel the play should have been scored a triple.
▪ Friday: Marlins RHP Mat Latos (0-3, 10.24 ERA) vs. Washington Nationals RHP Jordan Zimmermann (1-2, 6.14), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
▪ Saturday: Marlins RHP Tom Koehler (1-2, 6.75) vs. Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg (1-1, 4.50), 4:10 p.m., Marlins Park.