Sócrates Brito has had a knack for four-hit games, recording 10 of them in his pro career. On Saturday, he went one step further.The D-backs' No. 14 prospect rapped out five singles, drove in a run and scored twice in Triple-A Reno's 15-8 loss to Fresno at Greater Nevada Field.
Sócrates Brito has had a knack for four-hit games, recording 10 of them in his pro career. On Saturday, he went one step further.
The D-backs' No. 14 prospect rapped out five singles, drove in a run and scored twice in Triple-A Reno's 15-8 loss to Fresno at Greater Nevada Field. The five hits tied the Aces' single-game record, matched last season by Oswaldo Arcia on May 5 and Kristopher Negron on Aug. 5.
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Nonetheless, the 25-year-old from the Dominican Republic was unimpressed with his performance.
"No, I never pay attention to those things; I didn't know I had a lot of four-hit games," he said. "I never thought about it. I don't think it means a lot. I knew I had a good game, but I don't pay attention to anything about records."
Brito, who has 128 Major League at-bats -- two short of the threshold to lose prospect status -- is 9-for-12 in 2018 after scuffling during a big league stint in 2016.
Despite seeing time with the big club, Brito has had trouble sticking due to several injuries. He broke a toe in 2016 while with the D-backs, then suffered a broken hamate bone in his right hand prior to winter ball. In 2017, as he tried to make the Opening Day roster, he dislocated a finger in Spring Training and missed more than two months. He was making up for lost time with a strong performance in the Dominican Winter League when he was hit by a pitch and broke a finger.
"I mean the last two years they've been tough for me with all the injuries, but now I feel healthy," he said. "I can do a lot of things on the field. I can play defense, I can run and, if I can play like that, I'll be back in the Majors again soon."
Brito began his night with a single to center field in the second inning. In the third, he dropped a single in front of left fielder Alejandro Garcia. He singled home Negron in the fourth, grounded another base hit to right in the sixth and led off the eighth with another line drive to left.
Despite Brito's best efforts, the Aces suffered their first loss of the season as the Grizzlies pounded out 18 hits against former big leaguers Kris Medlen, Tyler Pill, Joey Krehbiel and Neftalí Feliz.
Doing the big damage for Fresno was Jack Mayfield, who belted his second homer in two games, a grand slam off Pill in the fifth. Mayfield also doubled in a run and finished with five RBIs.
Former big leaguers Tyler White and AJ Reed joined in on the action. White doubled and singled twice, driving in a pair, while Reed provided a double, single and two RBIs.
Despite the loss, the focus was on Brito and the possibility of his return to the D-backs. The rangy center fielder said he wasn't discouraged when Arizona acquired Steven Souza Jr. from the Rays.
"I don't think about [the trade]," he said. "I just go out there and play my game; that is something the front office did. I am just trying to play the game and make an impression. If you get hurt, somebody's going to take your place. I'm just trying to do my job."
Vince Lara-Cinisomo is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @vincelara.