You don’t often see Colombian brothers take the field together on the same day for the same Major League Baseball team. You also don’t often see a manager rest the hottest hitter in baseball with his team having won nine of its past 10 games.
The latter opened the door for the former on Sunday at Marlins Park, where the Marlins played the Solano brothers against the team from the City of Brotherly Love.
Marlins manager Mike Redmond gave second baseman Dee Gordon and third baseman Martin Prado their first days off of the season. Prado has hit .352 in his past 12 games against the Phillies.
Gordon has hit everybody lately — a .645 batting average in the first eight games of this homestand, a league-leading 44 hits and a .440 overall average. He has gotten on base in his past nine plate appearances and was one more solid hitting game from one of the five highest batting averages for a nine-game-or-more homestand in the past 100 years.
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Asked if this was a planned day off, Gordon said: “Nah. It’s all right.”
Then, with the hint of a chuckle, he said: “I don’t know why y’all are making a big deal about it, it’s just a day off.”
When a reporter said any interest stems from hot players usually not being rested, Gordon maintained his half-smile while replying: “We’re winning so … just trying to get the other guys some at-bats.”
Redmond admitted it wasn’t easy sitting Gordon.
“It’s tough,” he said. “But this guy is in his second full season in the big leagues. He played 148 games last year, and he hasn’t had a day off yet. You’ve got to make sure we keep these guys strong over the course of the season. So today was his day off.”
Ichiro Suzuki took Gordon’s usual leadoff spot and played left field. He scored on a Giancarlo Stanton sacrifice fly after walking and stealing two bases in the first inning.
“We’ve played our starters every single game,” Redmond said. “[The Solano brothers] and those guys haven’t played in a game yet. They’ve pinch hit. I’d love to sit here and say we can play nine guys for 162 games, but that’s not possible.”
Donovan Solano took over at second base Sunday while older brother Jhonatan Solano handled the catching duties. They had never played together in the majors. They hadn’t played as teammates since winter ball two years ago, Jhonatan said.
“It was a dream to play with my brother,” Jhonatan said.
“Me and my brother in the same lineup, I can’t believe it. I can’t believe it,” Donovan said. “We enjoyed it.”
Donovan committed two errors, one a throwing error that brought first baseman Michael Morse off the bag and the second a bungling of a routine grounder to his left.
The first error, in the second inning, led to no damage. But the second miscue, in the seventh, helped fuel a two-run Phillies inning.
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▪ Redmond said pitcher Mat Latos will be able to make his start Tuesday night after recovering from a hamstring injury.
▪ Right-hander A.J. Ramos appeared to injure himself on a pitch Sunday but finished the inning. “He planted wrong, and he felt a tweak in his neck,” Redmond said. “He checked out fine.”
▪ Monday: Marlins RHP David Phelps (1-0, 3.38 ERA) at Washington Nationals RHP Jordan Zimmermann (2-2, 4.88), 7:05p.m., Nationals Park.