Matt den Dekker had three hits Wednesday night against the Marlins, including a pivotal drag bunt that kicked off the eighth inning and eventually led to the go-ahead run.
“The guys were back, and I saw that side of the field open,” den Dekker said, who was eventually driven in by Travis d’Arnaud.
“You’ve got to do what you can to get on base, so I thought why not give it a try,” he added, talking to SNY after the game.
Den Dekker, 26, has nine hits in his last 19 at bats.
Matthew Cerrone: First off, it’s nice to see the team rebound to win the last two games of this series, despite a terrible start on Labor Day. Secondly, good for den Dekker…
His drag bunt was excellent. He got the ball to go by the pitcher, forced in the second baseman and hustled to beat out the reviewable out. I’m not a fan of the sacrifice bunt, however, with speed, and if it’s a left-handed hitter, I’m all for bunting for a base hit and den Dekker should do it more often. He’s not going to be a prolific bat, but if he can eek out a few extra hits and put the infield on its toes — not to mention be a threat on the bases — and play the field like he does, he can be a very useful player on this roster. I’m still not sold on him as an every-day player, but he’s obviously smart and aggressive and I’m intrigued by what he may able to bring to the table.