Anthony Rendon sure doesn’t give good quote.
But the slugging Washington Nationals third baseman had himself a heck of a day Sunday against the New York Mets.
The 2016 National League Comeback Player of the Year had one of the greatest days in modern major league baseball history, going 6-for-6 with 10 RBI in a 23-5 Nationals’ win.
Afterward, though, he pretty much refused to talk about himself in any meaningful way, just sending kudos to the pitchers for limiting the Mets to five runs.
Included in his gigantic day were five runs scored, three homers and a double. He became just one of 13 major leaguers to get 10 or more RBI’s in a game and now holds the Nationals’ single game record.
That kind of huge performance isn’t rare, but certainly not the norm in MLB circles.
In modern MLB history, there have been many, many great feats of individual glory, and the soft-spoken Rendon’s game is among them.
Here are 10 great performances (in a lot of cases from multiple players) in single games in the modern era.
10. Most Doubles In A Game – 4
A pile of major leaguers have hit four doubles in a game, but it shouldn’t diminish their accomplishment in any way. The last American Leaguer to hit four in a game was Boston’s Brock Holt in 2014. His four doubles accounted for two of the Red Sox runs in a 4-0 win over Tampa Bay on June 1, 2014. Arizona’s David Peralta turned the four-double trick this season in a 11-5 victory against Los Angeles on April 22. The rightfielder scored three times and now holds the D-Backs record. Other notable American Leaguers to smack four doubles in a game include, but aren’t limited to: Johnny Damon (K.C. 2000); Albert Belle (twice in 1999 with Baltimore); Kirby Puckett (Minnesota 1989) and Orlando Cepeda (Boston 1973). Famous National Leaguers to stroke four doubles include: Jeff Bagwell (Houston 1996) and Billy Williams (Chicago 1969).
9. Most Sacrifice Flies In A Game – 3
This might be the most unexciting, or unsexy, type of single-game performance, but three sacrifice flies also equals three runs driven in. And, with it not being credited as an at-bat, it’s win-win all around for the batter and the team. This obscure mark of three SF’s in a game was last recorded in the American League in 2008 by Jose Lopez of the Seattle Mariners. He had those three sac flies and a hit a single for a game high four RBI as the M’s beat Kansas City 11-6 on April 15, 2008. The last player on the senior circuit to do it was Candy Maldonado of the San Francisco Giants, who flied out deep enough three times against the Mets on Aug. 29, 1987 to help the Giants win 9-1. Some pretty good hitters (and all MVPs) have also hit three sacrifice flies in a game, including George Bell (Toronto 1990), Juan Gonzalez (Texas, 1999), Don Mattingly (New York 1986) and Ernie Banks (Chicago Cubs 1961).
8. Most Runs In A Game – 6
A team scoring six runs in a game is still something, but a player crossing the plate a half dozen times is amazing. Former Kansas City Royals infielder Joe Randa was the last major leaguer to touch home plate six times in one game, doing so in a 26-5 blowout of the Detroit Tigers on Sept. 9, 2004. To add even more incredibility to the feat, Randa went 6-for-7 that day, with a double and two RBI. The last National Leaguer to do it was Shawn Green of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2002. It was part of one of the finest days in major league baseball, as the lanky outfielder went 6-for-6, including four homers (more on that later) and seven RBI in a 16-3 shellacking of Milwaukee on May 23. Of note, Hall of Famer Mel Ott scored six runs in game twice during his illustrious career.
7. Most Intentional Walks In A Game – 5
Now, we could split hairs and say that the true record is four in a nine-inning game, which Barry Bonds had the distinction of doing twice during the 2004 season (and who was also once walked with the bases loaded!). But, the owner of most free passes issued in a game is Andre Dawson, who was walked intentionally five times in a 16-inning game between his Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds on May 22, 1990. Interestingly, even though he reached base six times (he also went 1-for-3), Dawson didn’t score in the Cubs narrow 2-1 triumph. Those five IBBs were part of the Hall of Famer’s league leading 21 that season. Bonds, for the record, is the all-time leader in free passes, having taken a walk to first without swinging the bat 645 times in his career. He also holds the records for most in a season (120), most seasons leading the league (NL, 12 times) and most seasons leading the NL, consecutively (seven, between 1992 and 1998).
6. Most Triples In A Game – 3
The three-bagger is, in our opinion, the hardest accomplishment in baseball. Smack a double, chug to third if the ball lands just right or the outfielder takes the wrong angle to the ball. Thus, hitting double-digit triples in a season is rare and hitting multiple triples in a game a little more so. The major league record is three in a game, modern era, and since 1966, only 11 players have hit the trifecta. The last to do so in the American League was Denard Span, whose three triples were part of a 4-for-4 day on June 29, 2010 for the Minnesota Twins. He drove in five runs and scored twice as the Twinkies beat Detroit 11-4. Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers was the last National Leaguer to hit three triples in a game, doing so on July 25, 2014 against San Francisco in a 8-1 victory.
5. Most Hits In A Nine-Inning Game – 7
This one definitely has an asterisk beside it, as Johnny Burnett’s nine-hit feat in a 18-inning game in 1932 is still amazing. A utility infielder for the Cleveland Indians, Burnett went 9-for-11 in a 18-17 loss to the Philadelphia Athletics on July 10, 1932. The holder of the regulation (nine inning) record is Rennie Stennett, who went 7-for-7 as his Pittsburgh Pirates clubbed the Chicago Cubs 22-0 at Wrigley Stadium on Sept. 16, 1975. The Pirates second baseman hit two doubles and a triple as part of his perfect day, as well as scoring five runs and driving in two. A long list of major leaguers have rapped out six hits in a game, the last being C.J. Cron of the Los Angeles Angels in 2016. He went 6-for-6 (including two homers and a double), scored five runs and drove in five as the Halos hammered Boston 21-2 on July 2.
4. Most Home Runs In A Game – 4
For most major leaguers, hitting two big flies, or even three in one game is quite an accomplishment. For sluggers it’s a less rare occurrence. But, to poke four into the cheap seats is a truly special feat. Only 16 players in the history of major league baseball have went yard four times in a game. That list includes some of the game’s greats, like Lou Gehrig, Rocky Colavito, Ed Delahanty, Gil Hodges and Willie Mays. The most recent to crank four dingers was Texas Rangers’ Josh Hamilton, who did in on May 8, 2012 in a 10-3 victory over Baltimore. Hamilton went 5-for-5 that day with eight RBI. All of his homers were two-run bombs and his other hit was a double. The last member of the senior circuit to send four balls into orbit was Shawn Green of the Los Angeles Dodgers. As we said earlier in this piece, Green also scored six runs (a major league record), went 6-for-6 and drove in seven runs.
3. Most Stolen Bases In A Game – 6
This record has been almost exclusively set by true base stealers, never just a guy who swipes a few a year and got lucky one game. Twenty major leaguers have stolen five bases in a game, including overall leader Rickey Henderson, Kenny Lofton, Davey Lopes, Dexter Fowler and Jacoby Ellsbury. However, in the modern era, just three have swiped six bags in a game, the first to do it being Otis Nixon in 1991. The other two were Colorado’s Eric Young in 1996 and the last Carl Crawford, then with Tampa Bay, in 2009. Crawford went 4-for-4 on May 3, 2009 in a 5-3 win over Boston. He stole second five times and third once to tie the major league record. The most prolific at it, though, was Hall of Famer Eddie Collins — he of the Black Sox Scandal infamy later in his career (he was exonerated) — who stole six bases in a game twice in the span of 11 days in 1912.
2. Most Strikeouts Thrown In A Game – 21
We aren’t going to affix an asterisk to this record — even though a few pitchers have struck out 20 in nine innings — simply because Tom Cheney went the distance in a 16-inning game on Sept. 12, 1962, striking out 22 batters. Amazing, that was. Cheney, a journeyman to that point, and the Washington Senators were in a low-scoring battle against Milt Pappas and the Baltimore Orioles that day. Cheney, who was 5-8 at that point in the season, pitched the entire 16 innings, striking out 21 and giving up 10 hits, four walks and an earned run. Lately, the greatest feat of strikeout pitching has been the 20-strikeout threshold in nine innings. Randy Johnson, Kerry Wood, Roger Clemens (twice) and Max Scherzer have all whiffed 20 in a regulation contest.
1. Most RBIs In A Game – 12
In just one season, 1993, would journeyman outfielder Mark Whiten ever have been considered a run-producing masher. A fifth-round selection by Toronto in 1986, Whiten found himself with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1993, when he would establish personal highs in runs scored (81), homers (25) and RBI (99). Speaking of the latter, Whiten would be just the second player ever to drive in an astounding 12 runs in a game, that occurring during a 15-2 whipping of host Cincinnati in the second game of a doubleheader on Sept. 7, 1993. Before him, only Jim Bottomley, also of the Cardinals, drove in 12 in a game way back in 1924. As for Whiten, his four-homer, 12 RBI day is the greatest offensive performance in a regular season game ever. He hit a grand slam, two three-run shots and a two-run dinger as part of a 4-for-5 day.