Hard to believe after watching them scuffle last season, but with 14 hits last night, the Marlins extended their streak of totaling 10 or more hits to five straight games -- one game short of the second-longest such streak in franchise history.
They're still a long ways from reaching the team record for double-digit hits of 15 straight games, a feat that belongs to the 2009 club (Aug. 4-19). But they've managed to achieve a milestone accomplished just 13 other times in franchise history which, given their recent futility, is worthy of note.
The 2000 Marlins put together a streak of six games of 10 or more hits, which ranks second on the list. Below that, there have been a dozen instances -- including the current one -- in which Marlins teams put together five-game streaks of 10 or more.
-- If he holds the Dodgers to fewer than three earned runs this afternoon, Jose Fernandez will match Orel Hershiser's major league record for consecutive home games allowing two runs or fewer: 20. Fernandez has never lost at Marlins Park in 19 career starts there.
-- The Tampa Bay Rays have designated Heath Bell for assignment.
-- And in case you've wondered whatever became of former Marlin Reggie Abercrombie, here's an update. He's still lacing up the spikes.
Marlins: 1. Yelich 7, 2. Dietrich 4, 3. Stanton 9, 4. McGehee 5, 5. Saltalamacchia 2, 6. Jones 3, 7. Ozuna 8, Hechavarria 6, Fernandez.