Placido Polanco began the season as the Marlins' cleanup hitter. He's also batted second, third, fifth, sixth and seventh. The only spot the matters to Polanco is in the batters' box. Lineup hop-scotching and somewhat sporadic playing team hasn't impacted Polanco's ability to deliver professional at-bats. He show that Wednesday afternoon with arguably his best performance this season, going 3-for-5 with a run and three RBI in a 6-2 victory over the Braves at Marlins Park. Behind Polanco and Justin Turner, who turned in another quality start, the Marlins dodged a three-game sweep and snapped a five-game losing streak. For the Braves, the loss was just their third in 15 all-time games at Marlins Park. "You could put him in any situation, any scenario, he has great at-bats," manager Mike Redmond said. Polanco's first three-RBI game as a Marlin also was his first with than many since June 10, 2011, when as a member of the Phillies he drove in four against the Cubs. Including pinch hits Sunday and Monday, Polanco is 5 for his last 7, raising his batting average 13 points to .252.
Marlins blitz Braves in first, win series finale 6-2
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Jul 11