On big night at the plate, Infante shows off glove

On big night at the plate, Infante shows off glove

CINCINNATI -- The way Omar Infante sees the play, he was just returning the favor.

Infante, who had three hits and was a single shy of completing the cycle, also made the defensive play of Saturday night when he went airborne to snare Brandon Phillips' hard grounder.

The outstanding play came in the eighth inning, as Infante dove, collected the ball and threw Phillips out at first in Miami's 8-3 win over the Reds at Great American Ball Park.

"With that guy, I wanted to make that play," Infante said. "That guy, he makes a lot of plays, too.

"He said, 'Hey, let me get a hit, Papa.' I said, 'You make those plays too,'" Infante said, recanting their brief conversation.

Phillips is a National League Gold Glove Award-winning second baseman, and Infante has Gold Glove aspirations. Marlins bench coach Joey Cora, who works with the infielders, says Infante is an under-the-radar performer who makes a big impact.

"For everything we heard when we came over, he had a terrific year defensively last year," said Cora, previously on manager Ozzie Guillen's White Sox staff. "I think it helped him in the fact that he is only playing second base and not moving around like he used to.

"He can be as good as anybody in the game, defensively. He's got good range, good arm, good hands. We expect good things from him defensively."