Only seven active Major Leaguers had done it so far. On Friday, Mariners outfielder Jay Bruce became the eighth player to knock in at least 300 career home runs and 300 doubles, cementing his status with a 416-foot home run in the bottom of the seventh inning against the Angels’ Tyler Skaggs.
The solo blast marked Bruce’s 14th such hit of the year. While he has yet to approach the levels of productivity reached during his 2017 campaign with the Mets, he’s already started to improve on last year’s totals, and finished Friday’s 4-3 win with a .212/.283/.533 batting line, 25 extra bases, 28 RBI, and an .816 OPS through 184 plate appearances.
With his milestone home run, Bruce joins Albert Pujols (642 home runs, 646 doubles), Miguel Cabrera (467, 564), Edwin Encarnación (393, 353), Nelson Cruz (367, 307), Curtis Granderson (338, 337), Ryan Braun (331, 379), and Robinson Canó (314, 547) on the list of active players with 300+ home runs and 300+ doubles. It’s a list that could see some expansion later this season, as Evan Longoria, Justin Upton, and Matt Kemp are nearing the mark as well.
2019 has been one long nightmare for the Pirates. They’re in last place in the NL Central, have had multiple clubhouse fights, and can’t stop getting into bench-clearing incidents. The embarrassment continued on Sunday as the club lost 16-6 to the Cubs, suffering a three-game series sweep in Chicago.
One of those 16 runs the Pirates allowed was particularly noteworthy. In the bottom of the third inning, with the game tied at 5-5, the Cubs had runners on first and second with two outs. Tony Kemp hit a triple to right field, allowing both Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward to score to make it 7-5. The Pirates thought one of the Cubs’ base runners didn’t touch third base on their way home. Reliever Michael Feliz attempted to make an appeal throw to third base, but it was way too high for Erik González to catch, so Kemp scored easily on the error.
The Pirates lost Friday’s game to the Cubs 17-8 and Saturday’s game 14-1. They were outscored 47-15 in the three-game series. According to Baseball Reference, since 1908, the Pirates never allowed 14+ runs in three consecutive games and only did it two games in a row twice before this series, in 1949 and in 1950. The Cubs scored 14+ in three consecutive games just one other time, in 1930.