Because of his defensive gifts, the Marlins do not expect Adeiny Hechavarria to be an offensive juggernaut at shortstop. But they believe he will evolve into a better hitter over time, and on Wednesday, he drove in all three Marlins runs in their 3-2 win against Philadelphia.
Closer Steve Cishek preserved it with his 28th consecutive save — breaking Todd Jones’ 2005 streak for the longest in Marlins history.
“I’d be lying if I didn’t say [the record] wasn’t in the back of my head,” Cishek said. “I’m relaxed and mentally locked in.”
Freddy Galvin began the ninth with a bunt single off Cishek, but Cishek retired the next three hitters, with Jimmy Rollins striking out swinging on a slider to end it. Cishek’s streak is “pretty amazing,” manager Mike Redmond said.
With runners on first and third and one out in the eighth inning and the score tied at 2-2, Hechavarria’s chopper up the middle was fielded by shortstop Rollins. But Justin Ruggiano beat the throw home, and Rollins’ throw eluded catcher Carlos Ruiz, allowing Hechavarria to advance to second and Placido Polanco to third. It was ruled a fielder’s choice, with an RBI for Hechavarria and an error charged on Rollins.
Earlier, Hechavarria — who entered hitting .230 with three homers and 39 RBI — put the Marlins ahead 2-0 in the second with a two-run triple to center off Cole Hamels.
Hechavarria has “got power — that will come with experience,” Redmond said before the game. “He’s had such a great year. I don’t know that there’s a better shortstop in the league than him. His offense is a work in progress.”
Marlins left-hander Brad Hand pitched six scoreless innings before faltering in the seventh when he allowed a one-out double by Darin Ruf, a single by Kevin Frandsen and an RBI single by Galvis.
A.J. Ramos replaced Hand and struck out Cody Asche. But Cesar Hernandez singled to right and Frandsen scored from second, sliding into home plate before catcher Koyie Hill could tag him.
The game featured two embarrassingly bad calls, both in the Marlins’ half of the seventh inning. On the first, Juan Pierre was called safe even though he was clearly tagged out by Rollins on an attempted pick-off at second base.
The inning ended when Christian Yelich was called out when Cesar Jimenez tagged him in a race to first base. One problem: Jimenez tagged him with his bare hand, while the ball was in the hand with his glove.
Dobbs has deal
The Marlins are re-signing infielder/pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs, who was due to become a free agent. He said a deal was struck between his agent and owner Jeffrey Loria.
Dobbs, whose two-year, $3 million contract is expiring, is batting .229 this season but hit .275 and .285 in his previous two years with the Marlins.
Dobbs’ signing leaves Placido Polanco, pitcher Chad Qualls (who got the win Wednesday) and outfielders Pierre and Austin Kearns as the Marlins’ free agents. Kearns has missed most of the season because of family health issues. Dobbs, catcher Jeff Mathis (due $1.5 million in 2014) and pitcher Jacob Turner ($1 million team option) are now under contract for next season, and everyone else is under team control for 2014.
The arbitration eligible Marlins are outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, who could see his salary jump from $537,000 to between $6 million and $8 million, first baseman Logan Morrison, infielder/outfielder Chris Coghlan, outfielder Ruggiano and pitchers Ryan Webb, Mike Dunn and Kevin Slowey.
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