Marisnick went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, two RBI and two runs scored in Wednesday's 13-5 win over the Athletics. Marisnick, a player having serious contact issues that entered Wednesday with a 47.5 K%, was given an ideal spot for a start, facing Oakland's Paul Blackburn, a soft-tossing sinker-baller who had struck out just 25 batters over the first 64.2 innings of his career. Marisnick doubled in his first at-bat but never got another opportunity against Blackburn, who was done after giving up eight runs over 1.1 innings. Marisnick's second-inning double snapped an 0-for-10 skid and was his first extra-base hit since May 24, ending a drought that reached 30 at-bats. His profound struggles with contact this season have made him primarily a defensive replacement who gets a start when someone needs a breather or, as in this instance, in an extremely favorable matchup.
Marisnick is out of the lineup Sunday against the Red Sox. Marisnick had started the Astros' last four games in center field, going 3-for-11 with an RBI in those contests. He'll hit the bench in favor of Tony Kemp, who offers less defensive aptitude at the position than Marisnick but superior contact and on-base skills.
Marisnick started in center field for the resting George Springer and went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts in Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Yankees. Marisnick made a splash upon his return from Triple-A last week when he hit a three-run home run, but it's been back to his old ways since. He's hitless with nine strikeouts over his last 11 plate appearances.
Marisnick went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run Thursday against the Indians. Marisnick made the most of his first big-league appearance since being sent to Triple-A earlier this month, blasting his fourth home run of the season to straightaway center field in the sixth inning off Neil Ramirez. He will likely see some time in the outfield in the short term thanks to the injuries suffered by Josh Reddick and Derek Fisher. However, his results have not been good overall as he has hit just .157/.167/.326 in 89 at-bats this season.
Marisnick was called up to the Astros on Wednesday, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic Houston reports. Marisnick has struggled at the big-league level through 34 games this season, as he's batting .141/.151/.282 with three home runs and seven RBI. He'll take the place of Josh Reddick (leg) who's headed to the disabled list. Marisnick will likely share time in right field with Tony Kemp until Reddick returns from injury.