Miami Marlins

Dee Gordon captures stolen bases title, Christian Yelich has a big day

Miami Marlins Dee Gordon is tagged out by Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz on a ground ball that bounced off home plate during the ninth inning of the first game of a baseball doubleheader, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, in Philadelphia. The Marlins won 7-6.
Miami Marlins Dee Gordon is tagged out by Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz on a ground ball that bounced off home plate during the ninth inning of the first game of a baseball doubleheader, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, in Philadelphia. The Marlins won 7-6. AP

Christian Yelich had a day to remember. Dee Gordon had one for the ages.

Yelich tied a team record by hitting safely in his first eight at-bats while Gordon closed in on a big-league record that has stood for 107 years as the Marlins swept their doubleheader Saturday with the Phillies, 7-6 and 5-2.

Yelich tied the team record set in 2001 by Preston Wilson for consecutive plate appearances with a hit. He singled seven times and doubled once in his first eight at-bats on Saturday before finally being retired.

Gordon, meanwhile, wrapped up the National League stolen base title, remained close on the heels of Bryce Harper for the league batting title and is likely to become the first NL player since Honus Wagner in 1908 to lead the majors in hits and stolen bases.

“I didn’t know that, so I’ll have to let that one soak in,” Gordon said.

Gordon sewed up the stolen base part by swiping two bases and lifting his total for the season to 58. His closest rival, Billy Hamilton of the Reds with 57, is done for the season. Gordon’s 202 hits puts himself in a nearly insurmountable position to lead the majors in that category as well.

With one day to go, Gordon and Bryce Harper are neck-and-neck for the batting title. Gordon, who had four hits in nine at-bats Saturday, is now sitting on an average of .3306. Harper is at .3307.

The last NL player to lead the league in batting average and stolen bases was Jackie Robinson in 1949.

He also became the third player in Marlins history to total at least 200 hits when he singled off Ken Roberts in the sixth inning of the first game. Juan Pierre and Hanley Ramirez also got to 200. Pierre did it twice with the Marlins.

In the first game, the Marlins allowed a 4-0 lead to go to waste when the Phillies scored five off Tom Koehler and another off Raudel Lazo to take a 6-5 lead. But the Marlins came up with two runs in the ninth to win it.

Yelich went went 5 for 5 in the first game and reached safely on hits in each of his first three at-bats in the second game before grounding out in the seventh to bring the streak to an end. He walked in his final at-bat.

A.J. Ramos recorded saves in both games.

changes looming

The Marlins are making changes at the top. But, with the season winding down, there remains no clarity on exactly how their revamped front office will look.

Michael Hill is expected to remain the Marlins’ president of baseball operations. But beneath him, the front office is being restructured, with Mike Berger and Jeff McAvoy assuming greater power and Dan Jennings’ future with the team in limbo.

Jennings, who stepped down as general manager in May to take over as manager when Mike Redmond was fired, will manage his final game Sunday but has been invited back to the front office, sources have said.

But he is mulling that decision, sources said, due to reservations he has concerning his new role and whether he would retain the same decision-making power he had before moving to the dugout.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reported Saturday that Berger would assume a “GM-like role.” And Ken Rosenthal of Foxsports.com reported that the Marlins have spoken to Tampa Bay Rays director of player personnel Matt Arnold about a front office job. The Marlins are expected to address the front office restructuring early this week.

They have already begun interviewing managerial candidates. Manny Acta and Bo Porter have already interviewed.

COMING UP

▪ Sunday: Marlins LHP Adam Conley (4-1, 3.84 ERA) at Philadelphia Phillies RHP David Buchanan (2-9, 7.54), 3:05 p.m., Citizens Bank Park.

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