DENVER (AP) — The newcomer helped out his fellow rookie.
Christian Yelich went 3 for 4 with two RBIs in his major league debut and impressive rookie Jose Fernandez tossed seven strong innings, lifting the Miami Marlins to a 4-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.
Yelich, one of Miami's top prospects, became just the third Marlins player to have three or more hits in his career debut. His third single of the night, though, almost earned him a spot on the bench.
After all, his manager, Mike Redmond, didn't want Yelich breaking his mark. Redmond was 3 for 3 with a homer in his big league debut with the Marlins in 1998.
"When he got that third hit, I was like, 'There's no way this guy can top me,'" Redmond said, laughing.
Yelich began his career in fine fashion, too, with a single to right in the first inning. This sort of start was better than he could've envisioned.
"You can think about it and dream about it all you want, but going out there and actually living it and being able to be a part of something like this is pretty special and something I'll never forget," Yelich said.
He's taking away mementos, too: a baseball to commemorate his first hit and another in recognition of his inaugural RBI, a single to center in the third.
"Went up there and just tried to stay within myself," Yelich explained. "To go out and do that and for us to get a 'W' is a special night."
Fernandez continued to shine in his rookie season.
Making his first start since appearing in the All-Star game, Fernandez (6-5) baffled the Rockies all evening as he pitched out of several jams and limited one of the league's top-hitting teams to five hits and two runs. He also struck out eight.
"I went out there and felt great," Fernandez said.
Giancarlo Stanton provided some insurance with a solo homer in the eighth and Adeiny Hechavarria had an RBI double for the Marlins, who have taken two straight in the four-game series against Colorado.
Jhoulys Chacin (9-5) was hit in the upper left thigh by a line drive early, but stayed in the game. He pitched seven solid innings, allowing three runs and eight hits.
"It didn't affect me or anything," he said of the line drive. "Hopefully it's not going to be that bad."
Fernandez started out of the dugout to begin the eighth, only to be called back when the Rockies sent up a pinch hitter. The Marlins countered with reliever Mike Dunn, who tossed a perfect inning. Steve Cishek closed out the ninth for his 19th save in 21 chances, getting Todd Helton to pop out to end the game.