Kris Bryant had a perfect day at the plate Thursday in the Cubs 9-6 win over the Brewers. Bryant not only had his third multi-homer game, he also recorded five hits for the second time this season.
Bryant went 5-for-5 with two home runs, a double, four runs scored and five RBI. Bryant hit homer No. 29 in the third inning, a two run homer off Zach Davies that gave the Cubs a 4-0 lead.
Bryant stepped to the plate in the sixth inning and drove a solo homer, No. 30 on the season, over the wall in straight away center off Blaine Boyer. Bryant gave the Cubs an 8-5 lead.
Kris Bryant topped off his big day with a single in the eighth that plated Javier Baez with the Cubs’ ninth and final run of the game.
Thursday was Bryant’s third multi-homer game of the season and the sixth multi-homer game of his career. Bryant has played in 268 games over two seasons.
Kris Bryant etched his name in the Cubs history book on Thursday afternoon at Wrigley Field.
Bryant joined Ernie Banks (1955), Ron Santo (1964), Sammy Sosa (1993) and Anthony Rizzo (2014) as the fifth player in franchise history to hit 30 or more home runs in age-24 or younger season.
Bryant became the first Cubs player with at least 30 homers in the team’s first 120 games since Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez (2005). And Bryant is the first Cubs player since Mark DeRosa (2007) to have multiple five-hit games in a single season.
Bryant is one of four Cubs since 1970 to have four or more hits, score four or more runs and drive in four or more runs in a single game. Bryant accomplished the feat for the third time on the season Thursday (Aug. 18, June 27, April 21). Alfonso Soriano (Sept. 9, 2008), Sammy Sosa (Aug. 18, 1995) and Ryne Sandberg (Aug. 10, 1989) are the other three Cubs.
Bryant is the first Cubs player since Hack Wilson in 1930 to have three games with four or more hits, score four or more runs and have four or more RBI in a single season.
According to ELIAS, Bryant is the only player in MLB history before the age of 25 with three two-home run, four-hit games in a single season.
In 117 games this year, Bryant is batting .296/.392/.564 with 29 doubles, a triple and 30 home runs for a .956 OPS. Bryant has 134 hits, 255 total bases, 78 RBI and scored 96 runs.
And just a quick reminder that this is Bryant’s first full season in the majors.