Realmuto at the heart of historic Marlins inning
Franchise-record five of catcher's six RBIs come in 10-run, 10-hit sixth
MIAMI -- The runs kept coming for the Marlins in the bottom of the sixth inning in Wednesday's 14-6 win over the Red Sox -- so much so that it turned into a historic offensive frame, led by catcher J.T. Realmuto.
Sending 13 batters to the plate to turn a tie game into a 14-4 advantage, Miami tied a franchise record by recording 10 runs in the sixth. They also logged 10 hits in the frame to tie a season high. The last time the Marlins scored 10 runs in a frame was in the eighth inning on July 9, 2009, in Arizona, while they last recorded 10 hits in an inning on July 11 vs. the Reds.
"Up and down the lineup today, it was a tremendous output offensively," manager Dan Jennings said. "The situational hitting today was absolutely outstanding."
The historic sixth was capped by Realmuto's grand slam, which gave him a single-inning franchise record of five RBIs in the frame. The rookie catcher also recorded an RBI single earlier in the inning, and he finished the contest with six RBIs -- tying a franchise record for RBIs in a game by a catcher (Charles Johnson also had six on June 23, 1995 in Cincinnati).
"I've felt good at the plate lately," Realmuto said. "You just have to take advantage of these times, because when you feel hot like this, it doesn't last for too long."
Realmuto finished 3-for-5 -- just a double shy of the cycle.
His second-inning triple was his sixth of the season, tying him with Benito Santiago for most by a Marlins catcher in a single season. He also boosted his season-hit total to 80, the most by a rookie catcher in club history (surpassing Johnson's 79 in 1995). Additionally, his six RBIs were the second most by a catcher in a game against the Red Sox in MLB history. Only Yogi Berra recorded more when he logged eight RBIs in 1957.
"Any time you can be spoken in the names of those greats, it's huge," Realmuto said. "Obviously we shouldn't use my name in there too often just yet, but it's nice to be thought of."
There were eight singles in the 10-run sixth, including two by Cole Gillespie -- who finished 3-for-4 -- and a two-run triple by Ichiro Suzuki to go along with Realmuto's slam. Adeiny Hechavarria, Martin Prado and Derek Dietrich also notched RBI hits in the frame. Dee Gordon, who hit his third career leadoff homer, also singled and stole his 35th base of the season during the outburst.
"We have to continue to have positives," said Gordon, who finished 3-for-4. "The last few games we've played well. We've been playing better, so we just got to continue to be positive."