Miami not converting when in scoring position

Miami not converting when in scoring position

MIAMI -- Scoring chances have been there for the Marlins, but converting has been an issue. The season-long struggle to drive in runs continues to present problems.

After going 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position in Monday's 3-2 loss to the Pirates, the Marlins entered Tuesday hitting an MLB-low .201 with runners in scoring position.

For the season, the Marlins were 57-for-283 with runners at either second or third base. They had eight doubles and eight home runs in this those circumstances.

But on Tuesday night, Miami had a breakout game, cashing in on several scoring chances. Through four innings, the Marlins were 4-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Boosted by a five-run fourth inning, they claimed a 6-1 lead. They finished 4-for-12 with 10 runners left on base in the 6-2 win.

Manager Ozzie Guillen is satisfied with the approaches of the players.

"They're just not getting it done," Guillen said. "They're not selfish. Everybody is pulling the same rope together. They're pulling for each other in the dugout. When I see a player not doing what they're supposed to do, I'm not hiding it from anybody.

"If you know my style, this is my job. I will let you guys know if I see any bats or I see somebody do what they're not supposed to do. If I see somebody not playing the game right, I will get on his butt."

Miami's on-base percentage with runners in scoring position is .302, which ranks 28 out of 30 clubs. Because of their issues with runners in scoring position, it's easy to see why the Marlins are 23rd overall in scoring runs.

Logan Morrison struck out with the tying run on third in the eighth inning on Monday.

"I absolutely have to do a better job," Morrison said. "With two outs and runners in scoring position, that's the toughest time to get a hit. It's frustrating to leave them out there, but at the same time, it's more frustrating to leave them out there when there is less than two outs, like a key spot last night."

Morrison says the team can improve its RISP average if it has more chances with less than two outs.

"I think the more opportunities we can get runners on second base with no outs, and runners on third with less than two outs, it will help us out a lot more," he said. "It will kind of take that pressure off of having to get a hit with two outs and runners in scoring position. That's the toughest time to get a hit."