SAN FRANCISCO -- The precise number is in dispute, but this much isn't: rookie outfielder Marcell Ozuna wolfed down In-N-Out Burgers before batting practice on Friday, then played a vital role in the Marlins' 6-3 victory over the Giants.
Ozuna gunned down a base runner at third and drove in the tying and go-ahead runs for the Marlins in what was the team's ninth consecutive win at AT&T Park. Earlier in the game, he also missed a fly ball that allowed a run to cross for the Giants.
"I told him after the game, because I think he had about four or five In-N-Out Burgers, I said maybe that was the reason why you couldn't catch that ball," manager Mike Redmond said of Hunter Pence's RBI double to shallow center in the fifth, which Ozuna completely whiffed on. "But I said you got a big hit, so I forgot about it already."
Ozuna came off the bench Thursday to drive in the deciding run with a pinch-hit single.
On Friday, his infield hit in the sixth tied the game and two-out single in the eighth sparked a 3-run inning that gave the Marlins a cushion.
Ozuna contended afterward that he didn't eat four or five hamburgers from the popular West Coast chain, as his manager and teammates claimed. But he did acknowledge he had three, along with three chocolate chip cookies and a glass of apple juice. No fries. No shake.
"Just three," Ozuna said of his burger consumption. "My teammates say five. Today I eat three. Tomorrow I eat four, and the next day five, and (then) we leave for Miami."