Ozuna keeps hit streak alive

PHILADELPHIA — Marcell Ozuna’s first impression has certainly been a good one.

The 22-year-old right fielder has provided an immediate boost to the Marlins.

Since being called up from Double A Jacksonville on April 30, Ozuna has hit safely in his first six big league games.

He also enjoyed his first four-hit game, which came on Sunday at Philadelphia.

It was a special weekend for Ozuna because his father, sister and nephew traveled from their home in the Dominican Republic to Philadelphia to see the games.

“I’m proud of that,” Ozuna said. “When I was a kid, I was thinking I would be in the big leagues. I was thinking I was going to be like Manny Ramirez, Miguel Cabrera, David Ortiz. My dad said, ‘Those guys are superstars. If you are going to be like them, you need to work hard all the time, and keep your head right every time.’ ”

The longest hit streak to begin a career with the Marlins is eight games, set by Alejandro De Aza.

Ozuna’s 11 hits over his first six games are teh most ever by a Marlins rookie over that span. Ryan Jackson had nine in 1998. Mike Redmond and four others had eight.

Ozuna is playing right field because Giancarlo Stanton is on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring.

“He’s come in here and he hasn’t been intimidated,” center fielder Justin Ruggiano said. “He’s having fun, and I don’t think he’s worried about what’s going to happen next. Every at-bat he’s giving a great at-bat. He’s doing a great job. He’s playing good defense. Good chemistry. He fits right in.”

Longest hit streaks to begin a career with the Marlins

Alejandro De Aza 8 (April 2-10, 2007)
Marcell Ozuna 6 (April 30-current)
Scott Pose 6 (April 5-11, 1993)
Kevin Millar 5 (April 11-May 24, 1999)
Ryan Jackson 5 (March 31-April 5, 1998)
Mark Kotsay 5 (July 11-July 16, 1997)

Marlins Rookies, Fewest Career Games Played at First Career 4-Hit Game – All-Time

Hanley Ramirez 4
Marcell Ozuna 6
Miguel Cabrera 11
Edgar Renteria 20
Cameron Maybin 26
Craig Counsell 28

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