In only his third start of the season, Eric Hinkse went 4-for-4 on Monday to match his career-high in hits, a number he hadn’t reached since July 3, 2004 when he was with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Hinske said they were playing the former Montreal Expos in Puerto Rico, but that’s about all he remembers from that day. (Actually, he hit two doubles and helped chase starter Tony Armas Jr. after four innings. And pitching that day for Toronto? Roy Halladay, Wednesday night’s starter for the Phillies.)
What he’ll remember about Monday night against the Pirates was that he started off with a bunt single toward third base to beat the shift, something the Braves are seeing more and more of this season.
“I think the bunt got me locked in,” Hinske said. “Get that first knock out of the way and ready to go.”