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Kris Bryant vs. Reds: Stats, Highlights and Twitter Reaction

Brian Marron@@brianmarron398Featured ColumnistJune 28, 2016

Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant runs the bases after hitting a three-run home run off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Dan Straily in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 27, 2016, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
John Minchillo/Associated Press

Chicago Cubs slugger Kris Bryant is one of baseball's brightest young hitters, and he demolished Dan Straily and the Cincinnati Reds in an 11-8 Cubs victory Monday.

Bryant finished 5-for-5 with three home runs, six RBI and four runs scored, which etched his name into the baseball record book, per MLB's Twitter account:

MLB @MLB

.@KrisBryant_23 becomes the first player since 1913 with 3 HRs and 2 doubles in same game. https://t.co/f2aNxmla8T https://t.co/s4mWagbOlU

Normally, that would be plenty of run support for the Cubs and their major league-leading 2.83 team ERA. Yet Bryant still needed some help from his teammates.

Ace Jake Arrieta pitched poorly, allowing five earned runs on four hits and five walks in five innings, but he still earned a win—thanks in part to a homer of his own.

Bryant started the night with a run-scoring double off Straily in the first inning and later scored on Miguel Montero's sacrifice fly. In his next at-bat, Bryant smashed his first home run to left-center field in the third inning.

He hit a three-run jack halfway up the second deck in left in the fourth to give Chicago a 7-3 lead, as Statcast showed:

#Statcast @statcast

Somehow, this was ONLY 444 feet. Still @KrisBryant_23’s second-longest HR of 2016: https://t.co/pfXVjEvt2Q #Statcast https://t.co/3eKyRfktLY

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That was his last at-bat against Straily, who allowed seven earned runs on nine hits and three walks in 3.2 innings.

In the sixth, Bryant doubled off Michael Lorenzen, and in the eighth, he hit a solo shot off Ross Ohlendorf.

ESPN Stats & Info noted the 24-year-old set a Cubs record—and an offensive standard for the season:

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Kris Bryant is the youngest player in @Cubs history to hit 3 HR in a game (via @EliasSports) https://t.co/z0AQBeyD61

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Kris Bryant has 16 total bases tonight. That's 4 more than anyone else has had in a game this season

Bryant's season totals also received a nice boost, per CSN Chicago's Christopher Kamka:

Christopher Kamka @ckamka

In one night, Kris Bryant's season slashline went from .265/.357/.520 to .278/.367/.567 #Cubs

Per Ryan M. Spaeder of Sporting News, Bryant has been on a hot streak of late:

Ryan M. Spaeder @theaceofspaeder

Each of #Cubs Kris Bryant's last seven hits have been for extra-bases: home run, double, double, home run, home run, double, home run.

Spaeder also noted Bryant's performance put him in the most exclusive of categories:

Ryan M. Spaeder @theaceofspaeder

Kris Bryant has now done something that Ruth, Mays, Aaron, Williams, Musial, & Bonds never did. Have five extra-base hits in a single game.

CBS Chicago's Joe Ostrowski found a way to compare Bryant to Bryant's childhood teammate, Bryce Harper:

Joe Ostrowski @JoeO670

If Bryce Harper gets $500M in 2019, Kris Bryant is definitely going to get $501M in 2022. #7IsMoreThan6 @BarryRozner

While Bryant may not be in line for that type of money yet, he showed how dangerous he can be with his dominant performance Monday.

He is already among baseball's elite sluggers in only his second big league season. And with a Cubs lineup that ranks fourth in the majors in runs around him, Bryant should have an ample number of opportunities to crush the ball the rest of the year.

Statistics courtesy of ESPN.com unless otherwise noted.

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