Quintin Berry 1st MLB Rookie to Reach 5-Hit Game Plateau

J Cook@JCookBRCorrespondent IJune 17, 2012

DETROIT, MI - JUNE 17:  Quintin Berry #52 of the Detroit Tigers signs autographs for fans before a interleague MLB game against the Colorado Rockies at Comerica Park on June 17, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
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In the midst of the Detroit Tigers' third straight series victory, rookie call-up Quintin Berry became MLB's first rookie to knock five hits in a game this season.

Berry, who started in left field for the Tigers and has done so on a rotational basis since the return of Austin Jackson, continues to impress.

Berry's ability to stay with the team will ultimately be predicated on his ability to continue to contribute offensively—and clearly, he can play defense, as an already impressive highlight reel could be compiled on the spectacular catches he's made in his 23-game career.

Berry had played seven seasons of minor league ball, 692 total games, before the Tigers called him up from Triple-A affiliate Toledo following Jackson's injury.

Despite some criticism that Berry has received concerning just how good he's really been and regarding how long his first stint in the bigs was truly going to last, today's performance went a long way to solidifying his name on manager Jim Leyland's roster for the foreseeable future.

Not only on the roster and in the dugout, but out on the field getting it done at the plate, on the bases and in the field as he has since donning the Old English D. 

Entering the game hitting .288, Berry's five-hit day jumped his average all the way up to .333 and most assuredly buys him a continuation with the big league club. Berry also continued to pester opposing catchers, stealing his ninth base of the season and remaining perfect on swipe attempts.

Perhaps the most impressive notation regarding Berry's five-hit game was his ability to spray hits to all fields, his day included five singles.

One to right in the first, then a shot to left in the third, followed by a ripper up the middle to center in the sixth, and finally, a nifty hard hit ball to the right-side hole of Colorado shortstop Marco Scutaro.

Just like that—MLB's first rookie with a five-hit game. Not bad, Quintin Berry, not bad at all.


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Bleacher Report Featured Columnist J. Cook is a member of B/R's MLB Coverage Team and contributes to B/R's MLB content and Detroit Tigers page. He also covers key sport interest stories for all of Detroit's major sports teams.