Gordon notches 200th hit, clinches SB crown
Marlins second baseman also vying for NL batting title
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
Sunday, October 4, 2015 12:28 AM ET
PHILADELPHIA -- Dee Gordon has done it again. With two stolen bases in the sixth inning of Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader, the All-Star secured his second straight Major League stolen-base title.
Gordon also collected his 200th hit, and scored a pivotal run in the Marlins' 7-6 comeback win over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
Just four times in Marlins' history has a player reached 200 hits, with Hanley Ramirez (212) the last to do so in 2007. Juan Pierre pulled it off twice -- 2003 (204) and '04 (221).
Gordon also is in a razor-thin race with Washington's Bryce Harper for the National League batting title. After going 2-for-4 in a 5-2 win in Game 2, Gordon is hitting .3306. Harper, meanwhile, is at .3307.
In the sixth inning of Game 1 on Saturday, Gordon singled off Ken Roberts and then stole second and third. With 58, he passed Cincinnati's Billy Hamilton (57) for most in the Majors.
Video: MIA@PHI: Gordon steals third and scores on bad throw
Because Hamilton is out for the season, Gordon will repeat as the Lou Brock Award winner, which goes to the MLB stolen base leader.
A year ago with the Dodgers, Gordon swiped 64 bases.
"I'm just trying to help us win, like I've been trying to do the whole time," Gordon said. "To have some personal stuff is pretty cool as well."
"Dee's done a great job this year," said Christian Yelich, who had a career-high five hits in the game and finished with eight hits in the doubleheader. "It was cool for him to be able to get those milestones. Hopefully, he finishes strong and wins the batting title."
Video: MIA@PHI: Yelich tallies a five-hit game
Gordon gives Miami its sixth NL steals champion. Pierre was the last with 65 (club record) in 2003. Luis Castillo was a two-time leader -- 48 in '02 and 62 in '00.
Quilvio Veras posted 56 in 1995, and Chuck Carr, in the Marlins' inaugural '93 season, had 58.
Gordon made his two steals in the sixth inning count. When he stole third, he scored on Carlos Ruiz's throwing error. At the time, it pulled Miami even at 6.
Yelich was at the plate and took pitches to allow Gordon his chances to steal.
Gordon thanked his teammates in the dugout.
"That's why when I scored, I thanked everybody on the offense, and the pitchers as well," Gordon said. "It's a big deal."
If Gordon can reach 60 stolen bases, he will be just the 13th player since 1900 to post 200 hits and 60 steals in the same season. Pierre was the last, with the Marlins in 2004.
Gordon also is aiming to be the first NL player since 1908 to pace the Majors in hits and stolen bases since Honus Wagner in 1908. Ichiro Suzuki (242 hits, 56 steals) did it with the Mariners in 2001.
"It makes it even more special, to come back the way we did, it makes it even better," Gordon said.