09/10/12 7:40 PM ET
Solano's consistency continues to impress Ozzie
By Jake Kaplan / MLB.com
"He's doing what he's supposed to do," Miami's manager said before Monday's series opener against the Phillies. "Doubles, bunt the guy over, steal a couple bases here and there, play defense. ... This kid can help. If you put the right people around him, I think this kid can help a lot."
Solano has performed exceptionally well in recent weeks. Over his last 22 games entering Monday, the rookie second baseman is hitting .360 (31-for-86) with 13 runs scored, two doubles, a triple and 10 RBIs. His 31 hits in that span are tied for sixth most in the Majors. He has recorded multi-hit games in three of the last four games, and 10 of the last 22. He's been held hitless in merely two of his last 22 contests.
"I got more opportunities, got more at-bats, so I feel more comfortable right now," Solano said Monday.
Though he might be setting himself up well for next season, Solano insists he's not thinking that far ahead. Asked on Monday if Solano, as well as outfielder Justin Ruggiano, have basically earned spots on the 2013 roster through their play, Guillen said, "I don't see why not."
"He might not be the [National League] Rookie of the Year, but he was a great player for the Marlins," Guillen said. "To me, that's more important."
Stanton keeps slugging on the road
PHILADELPHIA -- Giancarlo Stanton is on a tear, especially when it comes to hitting at opposing ballparks.
The 22-year-old right fielder carried a Marlins record six-game road home run streak into Monday's series opener against the Phillies after homering in each of Miami's three games at Washington this past weekend. It's the first such streak of six games in the Major Leagues since Cleveland's Travis Hafner homered in six straight in September 2005.
Of Stanton's 33 homers, which is tied for second best in the National League, an NL-leading 20 have come on the road. Only Adam Dunn and Josh Hamilton, who have hit 22 and 21, respectively, have slugged more dingers in opposing ballparks this year.
However, in 61 plate appearances spanning 15 games, Stanton has not homered at Citizens Bank Park since Sept. 7, 2010. He has the next three games to try to change that.
Entering Monday's series opener, the Marlins led the season series against the Phillies, 7-5.
Ricky Nolasco, who on Monday was named the Co-National League Player of the Week, is the first pitcher since 1985 to shut out the same team twice in a season when each game was won by a margin of eight runs or more, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Nolasco accomplished the feat on Aug. 28 and then again in Washington on Sunday. Britt Burns of the White Sox shut out the Indians three times in 1985.
In his last 23 games against the Phillies, Jose Reyes is hitting .361 (35-for-97) with 10 doubles, two triples and four RBIs entering Monday. It's the seventh-highest batting average against Philadelphia among active players since the start of the 2011 season.
Entering Monday, Ruggiano is hitting .315 (35-for-111) with five doubles, eight home runs and 14 RBIs in road games since the beginning of July.
Jake Kaplan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.