Brandon Crawford had a history-setting night on Monday in Miami.
But more importantly, the Giants won.
Crawford became the sixth player in major league history to collect seven hits in a game when he went 7 for 8 with a double, triple and five singles in an 8-7 win over the Marlins.
Crawford’s seventh hit of the game proved to be the game-winner. He singled home Brandon Belt from second with two out in the top of the 14th. George Kontos made the lead stand up.
Other major leaguers to get seven hits in a single game include:
- Johnny Burnett of the Cleveland Indians went 9 for 11 with two doubles and seven singles in an 18-inning game on July 10, 1932
- Wilbert Robinson of the Baltimore Orioles (NL-version) went 7 for 7 with a double and six singles in a nine-inning game on June 10, 1892
- Rennie Stennett of the Pittsburgh Pirates went 7 for 7 with a two doubles, a triple and four singles in a nine-inning game on Sept. 16, 1975
- Rocky Colavito of the Detroit Tigers went 7 for 10 with a triple and six singles in a 22-inning game on June 24, 1962
- Cesar Gutierrez of the Detroit Tigers went 7 for 7 with a double and six singles in a 12-inning game on June 21, 1970.
To put Crawford’s night into perspective, consider …
- Crawford had more hits by himself Monday than six teams managed.
- The Giants have played 35 games this season in which they failed to get seven hits as a team.
- Crawford started the game hitting .265 for the season. He finished the game hitting .278.
- For his career, Crawford raised his average for .249 to .251.
After driving in the go-ahead run in the 14th, Crawford alertly got thrown out trying to take second to save Hunter Pence from a five-strikeout game.
And because of that, Brandon Crawford — and the Giants — should send Marlins manager Don Mattingly a thank-you card.
In the top of the 14th inning, Angel Pagan hit into a hard-luck double play. Then Brandon Belt walked on four pitches by Dustin McGowan. Buster Posey followed by falling behind 0-2 then working a walk off a tiring McGowan.
That brought up Crawford with two on and two out. And Mattingly brought in Andrew Cashner.
The numbers say Cashner should have pitched around Crawford.
Brandon Crawford was 8 for 19 in his career against Cashner.
Left-handed hitters were batting .278 against Cashner this season, while righties are hitting .257.
Hunter Pence, the next batter, was 3 for 20 for his career off Cashner.
But more importantly was what happened Monday.
Crawford was 6 for 7 when he came to bat in the 14th. Pence was 1 for 7 with four strikeouts, and looked bad when doing it.
So Mattingly decided to have his right-handed pitcher pitch to a left-handed batter who was 6 for 7 and was hitting .421 for his career off that pitcher instead of pitching to a right-handed hitter who was 1 for 7 and hitting .150 for his career off that pitcher.
And Mattingly had seen Pence’s struggles an inning before.
In the 13th inning, Crawford hit a one-out triple. Pence came up, swung wildly and missed two pitches before making contact and grounding out to a pulled-in infield, forcing Crawford to stay at third. Mattingly then intentionally walked the next two batters to pitch to Madison Bumgarner, who came in as a pinch-hitter. Bumgarner struck out.
So thank you, Don Mattingly.