Chris Coghlan was out taking groundballs long before most of his teammates hit the field to get loose Monday afternoon, then had one of the best games of his career at the plate.
He hasn't quit on a lost season for the Miami Marlins, and that's exactly what manager Mike Redmond wants to be seeing these days.
Coghlan tied a career high with four hits - one shy of matching Atlanta's entire output by himself - but one rough inning was all it took to doom the Marlins. Atlanta got all of its runs and hits in the fourth inning, and that was more than enough as the NL East leaders snapped a four-game slide by beating the Marlins 5-2 on Monday night.
''Guys want to finish strong,'' Redmond said. ''They want to take advantage of every at-bat that they can and every opportunity they get to play. This time is so important for guys. I think you learn the most about your ballclub in the last three weeks of the season because guys have a lot to play for. They're playing for next year. They're ...