JB Shuck is on his fifth team in six Major League seasons. With the Marlins, Shuck might have found a landing spot.
Called up Friday from Triple A and inserted into the starting lineup, Shuck went 4 for 4 with a triple and scored on a heads-up play in the Marlins’ 7-2 victory over the Pirates.
He became the fourth player to record four hits in his Marlins debut, joining Jeff Conine, Carlos Delgado and Emilio Bonifacio.
It was a wacky night of baseball for the Marlins.
They scored one run on a two-out wild pitch with pitcher Dillon Peters standing at the plate, scored three more on an otherwise routine sacrifice fly, and scored another when Shuck raced home from second on a sacrifice bunt when the Pirates had no one covering the plate.
Shuck had played for the Astros, Angels, Indians and White Sox before showing up with the Marlins as a spring training non-roster invitee. He was called up before Friday’s game to infuse a veteran presence into the lineup.
And based on the results from his Marlins debut, the move paid off.
Shuck tripled off the top of the wall in his first at bat and followed that with three singles. He scored all the way from second on Chad Wallach’s sacrifice bunt in the sixth inning when he saw that nobody was covering the plate and continued running.
His run wasn’t the only unusual one for the Marlins.
With the bases loaded in the fifth, Starlin Castro lofted a routine fly ball to right to score the runner from third. But both of the other Marlins runners scored as well when catcher Elias Diaz’s throw to second sailed into center.
Justin Bour added a two-run homer for the Marlins, who ended a three-game losing streak.