Before developing the power of his impressive game, San Diego Padres star Manny Machado was known as a double hitter.
In 2013, for example, he hit 51 two-baggers and 14 home runs.
A year later, however, his power went one step further and many of those doubles turned into home runs.
He later became the league’s leading power-hitting third baseman.
But for one day, of course, he has become a doubles machine again.
Fox Sports MLB tweeted, “Manny Machado becomes first player in MLB history with 3 doubles, 1 triple, 3 runs and a single walk.”
Manny Machado became the first player in MLB history to walk 3 doubles, 1 triple, 3 runs and walk in a single game.
h / t @MLBMetrics pic.twitter.com/xPAOP6Et7l
– Fox Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) May 22, 2022
An incredibly underrated result in double baseball.
Many players shoot for the fence, but gap strength is also helpful for the run-scoring process.
Second thanks to Padres Machado
The Padres’ 10-1 win over the San Francisco Giants helped the Friars secure second place in the NL West with a 27-14 record.
In total, Machado had four extra-base hits on the night, an incredibly rare feat that could be done without a home run.
It was another bright night in a colorful campaign for Machado so far.
Padres’ leader, Fernando Tatis Jr., is currently out with a wrist injury, but Machado has confirmed that Padres is still in the spotlight when the star returns shortstop.
In 2022, he dropped .374 / .446 / .619 with eight blasts, 33 runs and 27 RBIs and is leading the race for the National League MVP Award.
If it weren’t for Machado, the Padres would probably be third or fourth in the surprisingly tough NL West.
Grateful for them, they have him, and he is putting himself on the path to the Hall of Fame through his 2022 performance.