Marlins Get Nine Consecutive Hits
May. 16, 1998
ST. LOUIS (AP) _ The Florida Marlins, with three starters on the bench awaiting a reported trade to Los Angeles, got a club-record nine consecutive hits in a seven-run first inning Friday night against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Cardinals rookie starter Brady Raggio, called up from Triple-A Memphis earlier in the day, got leadoff hitter John Cangelosi to ground out. The Marlins followed with singles from Edgar Renteria, Cliff Floyd, Derrek Lee, Mark Kotsay, Gregg Zaun, Craig Counsell, Dave Berg and pitcher Brian Meadows.
Raggio walked Cangelosi before Renteria got his second single of the inning. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, walks do not count in consecutive hit streaks.
The Marlins' previous record for consecutive hits was seven on June 6, 1994, against Los Angeles. Florida also had nine hits in an inning on June 15, 1994, at St. Louis.
The Marlins set another team record when 11 consecutive batters reached base safely. After Renteria's second single, Floyd walked with the bases loaded for his second RBI of the inning.
Charles Johnson, Bobby Bonilla and Jim Eisenreich, headed for the Dodgers along with Gary Sheffield if Sheffield waives his no-trade clause, watched the inning from the bench.
Florida has scored six or more runs in seven games this season after totaling eight such innings all last year.