After living up to his prediction of a three-hit game, Emilio Bonifacio scurried off to the hospital to be with his wife, who is scheduled to deliver their first child -- a boy -- on Friday. As a result, Bonifacio said he would not be in uniform for Friday's game.
Bonifacio extended his hitting streak to a career-high 10 games with Thursday's performance. His on-base percentage in the leadoff spot is .365, good for sixth overall among the 24 NL players who have had at least 100 plate appearances this season in the leadoff spot. At .301, Chris Coghlan ranks 22nd.
Because he knew his wife was due to deliver, Bonifacio said he told reliever Edward Mujica before the game against the Astros that he would produce three hits in honor of the child. He lived up to that promise.
Meanwhile, after rookie Brad Hand posted his first major league win in the Marlins' 5-0 victory over the Astros, he was optioned to Double A Jacksonville. The Marlins are calling up catcher-turned-pitcher Chris Hatcher from Jacksonville to take his roster spot.