So he decided to change the song that plays when he comes to the plate.
Coghlan, who came into the game batting .227, hit a leadoff home run, then doubled and scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning Tuesday night as the Florida Marlins became the latest team to rough up Trevor Hoffman(notes) in a 6-4 win over Milwaukee.
“He’s swinging the bat,” Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “Even when he makes outs, they’re hard. We’re seeing the on-base percentage going up.”
Coghlan changed his song to “Rebel Intro” by Lecrae, ditching “Song of the South” by Alabama.
“I’m not a superstitious guy, but I definitely got tired of hearing ‘Song of the South,”’ said Coghlan, who is hitting .364 (12-of-33) on the current homestand.
“I didn’t throw a very good pitch to Paulino,” Hoffman said. “He’s an aggressive hitter and the ball stayed up.”
Hoffman (1-4) allowed three runs in one inning, leaving the struggling closer with an 11.65 ERA.
“I’ve been on the other end of it for a while, too, so you have got to continue to try to be aggressive and the wind will turn,” Hoffman said.
Coghlan hit a leadoff homer for the fourth time in his career. He also doubled twice as Florida won its third game in a row since Roy Halladay(notes) pitched a perfect game against them. Milwaukee lost its third straight.
“Anytime you can lead off the game with a home run, it doesn’t happen often, definitely helps,” Coghlan said. “I’m sure it gives the guys confidence.”
Cantu followed with a shallow fly ball near the right-field line that dropped in front of a diving Corey Hart(notes). Paulino’s single made it 6-3, with Cody Ross(notes) getting thrown out at third on the play to end the inning.
A day after beating the Brewers 13-5 and scoring all of their runs in the final three innings, the Marlins started quickly.
“I kind of got ambushed a little bit, not making particularly good pitches,” Bush said.
NOTES: Brewers CF Jim Edmonds(notes) went 1 for 3 in his first game since May 15 after going on the disabled list with a left oblique strain. … Cantu hit doubles in back-to-back at-bats, giving him a team-high 16 on the season. … Bush battled through a blister on his middle finger, but expects to make his next start. … Ramirez is hitting .400 (40-for-100) against the Brewers, the highest career average against any NL team.