Without Stanton, Marlins turn to small ball
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Mike Redmond, his tongue planted firmly in cheek, declared Wednesday night he was in philosophical disagreement with hitting coach Frank Menechino.
"Believe me, I sit here and root for home runs all the time," Redmond said Wednesday after the Marlins continued a recent trend by collecting 10 singles among their 11 hits in a 4-3 win over the New York Mets at Citi Field. "But Frankie gets mad at me. He wants guys to stay within themselves."
Redmond will be the first to admit the Marlins' current approach -- which may or may not have taken root following the season-ending injuries suffered by right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, the National League home run leader -- is working.
Stanton sustained facial fractures and lost several teeth when he was hit by a pitch in Milwaukee on Sept. 11. He hoped to return to the Marlins before the end of the month, but Redmond said Wednesday that Stanton is done for the season.
In the six full games since Stanton got hurt, the Marlins are 3-3 and have collected 61 hits -- including 51 singles. They have just eight doubles and two homers in that span.
In addition, of the 35 hits the Marlins had in the three-game series against the Mets, 30 were singles and none were homers.
Redmond said he believed the splits were just coincidental, but he also acknowledged the Marlins will have to score runs in a different, more methodical fashion without Stanton, who hit 37 homers this year.
The Marlins' starting lineup Wednesday has just 59 homers. The only two players with double-digits homers were the cleanup hitter, center fielder Marcell Ozuna (23), and the fifth-place hitter, first baseman Garrett Jones (15).
The Marlins relied on resourcefulness Wednesday, when they strung together four consecutive singles in the first inning. Second baseman Donovan Solano scored Miami's first run on a wild pitch three pitches before Jones drove home the second run with a squibber that stayed fair up the third base line.
Solano had an RBI single in the second, and left fielder Christian Yelich delivered the only extra-base hit of the night with an RBI double in the seventh.
"We're getting big hits, we're getting guys on base," Redmond said. "Do I wish we could put the ball in the seats? Of course. But you know that this is where we're at right now. And all we can do is continue to get guys on base, and then eventually we'll get those hits. And we got a few of them tonight."
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