Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant finished Thursday afternoon’s game against the Brewers 5-for-5 with a double, a pair of homers, and five RBI in a 9-6 victory. Bryant notched the 20th five-hit game in baseball this season, and the fifth five-hit, five-RBI game as well. Bryant has two of those five-hit, five-RBI games, also doing so on June 27. As Baseball Tonight notes, he is the second player in baseball history with multiple five-hit, five-RBI games along with Phil Cavarretta in 1945.
Bryant singled in the first inning, then drilled a two-run home run to left-center in the bottom of the third, doubling the Cubs’ lead to 4-0. He tacked on an RBI double in the fourth, making it a 6-3 ballgame. In the sixth, needing a triple to complete the cycle, Bryant instead crushed a solo homer to dead center field off of Blaine Boyer, this time pushing the Cubs’ lead to 8-5. He’d make it 9-6 in the eighth inning with an RBI single. No cycle, though. Boo!
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To date, Bryan tis batting .296/.392/.564 with 30 home runs and 78 RBI. After winning the National League Rookie of the Year Award last season, he could win the NL Most Valuable Player Award this year. Currently, he and Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager are the front runners.