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Remembering the Best Hitting Performances in 2021

| October 16, 2021 6:01 am PDT

14 players hit three homers in a game in 2021. Two players drove in eight runs in a single contest; 14 others tallied 7 RBI in a game.

As many masterful performances as there were at the dish, it’s hard to keep track of all the ones that stood out. That’s where this blog comes in.

Here’s an organized summary of the 10 best hitting performances in the MLB from the 2021 regular season.

Kevin Newman on 8/14

  • Team:Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Opponent: Milwaukee Brewers
  • Final Score: Pirates 14, Brewers 4
  • Newman’s Final Stat Line: 4/4 with 4 2B, 4 Runs, 2 RBI

Not only did Kevin Newman hit a double in each of his four plate appearances against the Brewers on August 14th – but he also tied a Major League record in the process.

Newman’s four doubles came in sequential innings – the third through the sixth – and he crossed home plate each time.

The well-rounded shortstop became just the third Buccos player to register four doubles in a single game (Paul Warner – 1932, Adam Frazier – 2019).

Not bad for a dude who entered the game hitting .218 on the season.

Ryan McMahon on 4/6

  • Team: Colorado Rockies
  • Opponent: Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Final Score: Rockies 8, Diamondbacks 10
  • Final Stat Line: 4/6 with 3 HR, 1 2B, 4 RBI

I alluded to 14 different big leaguers cracking out three jacks in a game. Of those 14, only one recorded an additional extra-base hit. That was Rockies utility infielder Ryan McMahon on April 6th in a game against the D-Backs.

This game at Coors Field was delayed close to an hour due to snow, but boy did McMahon come out “swinging.”

Ryan swatted solo shots in each of his first three at-bats. He tacked on an RBI double in the bottom of the 13th but unfortunately, it was too little, too late.

Arizona outlasted Colorado despite McMahon’s Herculean effort.

Brandon Lowe on 10/2

  • Team: Tampa Bay Rays
  • Opponent: New York Yankees
  • Final Score: Rays 12, Yankees 2
  • Player’s Final Stat Line: 3/5 with 3 HR, 7 RBI

Joining Guerrero Jr. as the only MLB player to log 3 dingers and 7 RBI in a single game, Brandon Lowe got it done on the final Saturday of the season. It was the Rays 100th victory of the season and it denied the Yankees a chance to clinch a postseason berth.

Lowe’s long balls marked the third straight game he’d gone deep and gave him 39 homers on the season, becoming just the 11th second baseman in MLB history to hit 39 homers in a year.

“It was cool. The first one was probably my favorite one of the day. The other two were kind of icing on the cake.”

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. on 4/27

  • Team: Toronto Blue Jays
  • Opponent: Washington Nationals
  • Final Score: Blue Jays 9, Nationals 5
  • Player’s Final Stat Line: 3/4 with 3 HR, 7 RBI

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was sensational in 2021 putting up triple-crown worthy numbers. His single greatest display of his supremacy came on April 27th in a game against the Nationals. Vladdy smashed three homers in this one, including a pair of bombs off Max Scherzer.

The first was a grand slam to left field that put the Blue Jays up 4-3. The second was drilled to straightaway center and left Mad Max shaking his head.

With shots to left and center out of the way, Guerrero completed his hat trick of home runs with an opposite-fielder off Kyle Finnegan in the bottom of the 7th.

Luis Urias on 8/12

  • Team: Milwaukee Brewers
  • Opponent: Chicago Cubs
  • Final Score: Brewers 17, Cubs 4
  • Player’s Final Stat Line: 5/6 with 2 HR, 3 2B, 5 Runs, 5 RBI

ESPN has a distinct formula to compute how good an MLB batter’s game was. Luis Urias’ 87.75 score on August 12th was the highest score any player received in 2021. By a substantial margin at that.

Urias’ memorable night included him becoming the 16th player in league history to record five extra-base hits in a single game. Nobody’s ever racked up six.

Luis’ exhibition that day wasn’t just one of the best hitting performances of the season – it was one of the most efficient and complete games a batter has ever produced.

Yasmani Grandal on 8/27

  • Team: Chicago White Sox
  • Opponent: Chicago Cubs
  • Final Score: White Sox 17, Cubs 13
  • Player’s Final Stat Line: 4/6 with 2 HR, 1 2B, 2 Runs, 8 RBI

One of two players to notch 8 RBI in a game in 2021, Yasmani Grandal stuffed the sheet against the White Sox’s cross-town rivals.

The Southsiders catcher hit a three-run homer in the third inning and another three-run homer in the eighth inning. These were sandwiched around a two-run double in the fifth.

What adds to the allure of this performance is the fact that it was Yamani’s first game back in the lineup in nearly two months.

Grandal had been out since July 5th nursing an injured left knee.

Seby Zavala on 7/31

  • Team: Chicago White Sox
  • Opponent: Cleveland Indians
  • Final Score: White Sox 11, Indians 12
  • Player’s Final Stat Line: 4/4 with 3 HR, 4 Runs, 6 RBI

What are the chances that two of the 10 best hitting performances in the MLB in 2021 would come from a couple of White Sox catchers? A month before Yasmani Grandal contributed eight RBI in a game, backup catcher Seby Zavala did something nobody in the history of baseball had ever done before.

Per Elias Sports, Zavala is the first MLB player to hit his first three career home runs in the same game. He’s also the first ChiSox backstop to hit three homers in a game.

Two of his homers were of the solo variety; he also hit a grand slam and a single. Seby ended the night a perfect 4-4 at the plate. It’s a shame Chicago lost this game, but it doesn’t take away from Zavala’s historic night.

Nick Castellanos on 5/2

  • Team: Cincinnati Reds
  • Opponent: Chicago Cubs
  • Final Score: Reds 13, Cubs 12
  • Player’s Final Stat Line: 5/6 with 2 HR, 4 Runs, 4 RBI

This early season NL Central clash ended in extra innings when Nick Castellanos poked an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning. Delivering a game-winning hit in extras is always nice, especially to beat a division rival.

What makes this RBI single so memorable is the fact that it came after Castellanos had already ripped two balls over the outfield wall.

Nick sent one over the left-field fence in the 3rd inning; he blasted over the right-field fence in the 7th.

Games like this propelled Castellanos into a banner year thrusting him into the spotlight as one of the best MLB free agents in 2022.

Ozzie Albies on 6/30

  • Team: Atlanta Braves
  • Opponent: New York Mets
  • Final Score: Braves 20, Mets 2
  • Player’s Final Stat Line: 5/6 with 2 HR, 4 Runs, 1 SB, 7 RBI

Of the 16 players who recorded 7 or more RBI in a game in 2021, Ozzie Albies was the only one who also managed to swipe a bag. He did so in a 20-2 shellacking of the Mets on the last day of June.

Ozzie was already having himself a night with three singles in his first three at-bats, a two-run blast in his fourth meant something special was brewing.

Courtesy of Mets outfielder Albert Almora on the mound serving up meatballs, Albies walloped his second homer and fifth hit of the night in the 8th inning.

David Peralta on 4/22

  • Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Opponent: Cincinnati Reds
  • Final Score: Diamondbacks 14, Reds 11 (10 innings)
  • Player’s Final Stat Line: 5/6 with 1 HR, 1 3B, 2 Runs, 7 RBI

One of two players (Ozzie Albies) to record five hits and seven RBI in the same game, David Peralta put on his Superman cape on April 22nd and saved the day for the Diamondbacks.

With a homer and four hits through regulation, it had already been a fantastic day for the D-Backs left fielder.

Up with the bases loaded in the top of the 10th, Peralta unloaded a bases-clearing triple that proved to be the difference in the game.

“To have a day like that is a big relief for me. I’ve been putting in a lot of hard work at home plate, trying to read better. Today was the day.”

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