I mean, how often does a guy go 5-5 with multiple homers in a single game?
Oh. Well. If you’re Kris Bryant, you do it twice in a season.
So, this time wasn’t a three-homer game (or an all-extra-base-hit game – holy smokes that was crazy), but yesterday’s game was still pretty nuts. Bryant not only homered twice in the game, but he also doubled, and singled twice, scored four runs, and drove in five.
If you missed the game, check out the highlights from each of Bryant’s five at bats:
That’s a nice day. Heck, that’s a nice week.
Some of the fun bits:
- Bryant has over 500 plate appearances this year, and yet that one game was still big enough to raise his season slash line from .289/.386/.544 to .296/.392/.564.
- His wRC+ jumped from 146 to 152, 6th best in baseball. He trails only Daniel Murphy (157) in the NL.
- Bryant’s second homer of the day gave him 30 on the year, tying him with Nolan Arenado for the lead in the NL.
- Bryant’s .296 batting average leads the Cubs, which is just interesting, because you don’t think of him as a classic .300-hitter-type guy. Turns out, when you’re just an awesome hitter, you often have a high batting average, too.
- Only 17 players in baseball history have had two five-hit, two-homer games … in their entire career (ESPN). Bryant’s done it twice this season. Joe Carter was the only other player to do that, back in 1986 (ESPN).
- With his 30th homer, Bryant joins Ron Santo and Aramis Ramirez as Cubs third basemen who’ve hit 30 homers in a season.
- This is just nuts:
4+ Hits, 4+ Runs & 4+ RBI in a game#Cubs since 1970
— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) August 18, 2016