Stat of the Day: Castro's 2 HRs set record

5:06 AM UTC is keeping track of a Stat of the Day for the Pirates this season, highlighting a unique, interesting or fun nugget from each game.

July 28: Brewers 7, Pirates 3 -- Castro makes history
Rodolfo Castro hit two home runs in Wednesday's game, marking his fourth and fifth Major League hits -- all of which have been homers. It's the first time in the AL/NL Modern Era (since 1901) that each of a player's first five hits have been home runs. "I don’t really think it’s sustainable,” manager Derek Shelton said, “but if he wants to try, he can try.”

July 27: Brewers 9, Pirates 0 -- Oviedo's 1st start
Luis Oviedo set some unfortunate history in his first Major League start. The right-hander only recorded three outs before he was charged with eight runs (six earned), marking the first time in the modern era a pitcher gave up eight-plus runs while pitching an inning or fewer in his first career start.

July 25: Giants 6, Pirates 1 -- Frazier's hit parade
Adam Frazier, who was reportedly traded to the Padres during the eighth inning of the Pirates' series-ending loss to the Giants, would depart the Bucs leading the Majors with 125 hits. Strangely enough, Frazier went hitless in four at-bats in what could be his final game with Pittsburgh.

July 24: Pirates 10, Giants 2 -- Crowe sets career bests
Wil Crowe notched multiple career bests in the Pirates' win over the Giants. In addition to a career-high nine strikeouts, Crowe also generated a career-high 35 called strikes plus whiffs.

July 23: Pirates 6, Giants 4 -- Bednar stays pristine
David Bednar threw a scoreless inning of relief against the Giants, making it nine straight scoreless appearances in the month of July.

July 21: D-backs 6, Pirates 4 -- Speedy Stallings
Jacob Stallings led off the sixth inning with a bunt single, the first such hit of his career. To reach base, Stallings hit a sprint speed of of 27.2 feet per second -- the fastest of his MLB career since Statcast began tracking it.

July 20: D-backs 11, Pirates 6 -- Bats finding their way
The Pirates’ offense is in full swing, so to speak. Tuesday marked the sixth consecutive game of 10 or more hits for the Bucs’ batters, the longest streak of double-digit hitting performances since a six-game span from July 15-24, 2018.

July 19: D-backs 4, Pirates 2 -- De Jong makes them whiff
Chase De Jong had to labor through his five innings against the D-backs, but one of his pitches was keeping hitters honest. De Jong drew a career-high eight whiffs on his slider, which topped his previous mark of six set on Sept. 8, 2020.

July 18: Mets 7, Pirates 6 -- Rare blown lead
The Pirates led the Mets, 6-0, after one inning at PNC Park, but they went on to lose. That marks only the third time this season an MLB team has had a lead of six or more runs after the first inning and fallen. That's the highest total of such games since 2006, when there were four such games.

July 17: Pirates 9, Mets 7 -- Stallings' slam one for history
Jacob Stallings blasted a walk-off grand slam to left field in the ninth. It marked the third walk-off grand slam in PNC Park history, and the 10th in Pirates history.

July 16: Pirates 4, Mets 1 -- Newman's errorless streak ends
Kevin Newman was charged with an error in the fourth inning. It was his first error of the season at shortstop after 76 errorless games, which marks the new National League record for most consecutive games without an error by a shortstop to begin a season.

July 11: Pirates 6, Mets 5 -- Castro accomplishes a Bucs first
Essentially all Rodolfo Castro did in New York over the weekend was take Mets pitching deep. All three of the hits Castro recorded in the series -- also the first three hits of his career -- were home runs. Per the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first Pirates hitter to have his first three career hits all be a home run and the first player in the Majors to do so since the Yankees' Kyle Higashioka in July 2018.

July 10: Pirates 6, Mets 2 (Game 1) and Mets 4, Pirates 2 (Game 2) -- Nogowski hits at rare pace
John Nogowski had a double and a single in Game 1 of the doubleheader at Citi Field, marking his 11th and 12th hits in his first five games with the Pirates. Twelve hits are the most in that span to begin a tenure with the Bucs since Fred Kommers had 13 from June 25-29, 1913.

July 9: Mets 13, Pirates 4 -- Tough inning for Pirates
JT Brubaker, Sam Howard and Kyle Keller combined to allow 10 runs in the sixth inning. It's the first time since July 29, 2019, in Cincinnati that the Pirates have allowed 10 runs in an inning, and both included a grand slam.

July 7: Braves 14, Pirates 3 -- Crick's rough outing
Kyle Crick was charged with four runs and the loss. It's the first loss this season for Crick, who is often brought in to high-leverage situations, and his first since Sept. 1, 2020. It was his 26th appearance in '21.

July 6: Pirates 2, Braves 1 -- Kuhl leans on slider
Chad Kuhl worked six innings with just one run allowed, turning to his slider 49 percent of the time to get through the Braves' lineup. With that offering, he drew 13 swings and misses -- the most in any start of his career with the slider.

July 5: Pirates 11, Braves 1 -- De Jong's patience pays off
After finding his way into the Pirates’ rotation in May, Chase De Jong hit a slump recently, dropping his last three decisions. However, in the series opener, De Jong locked in and finished with four strikeouts over five innings of one-run ball. The victory marks the right-hander’s first win since Sept. 28, 2018, when he lifted the Twins to a 12-4 victory over the White Sox. In that matchup, De Jong threw six innings, allowing two runs on four hits.

July 4: Pirates 2, Brewers 0 -- Newman's "weak" homer
Kevin Newman has been scuffling with the bat this season, but he provided a boost in the first inning with his third homer in 2021. However, the Statcast-estimated 356-foot drive to right field did not qualify as hard-hit at 93 mph off the bat, which fits his offensive profile, as Newman is in the second percentile in the Majors in hard-hit rate (24.1%).

July 3: Brewers 11, Pirates 2 -- Oliva's first career RBI
Jared Oliva, the Pirates' No. 15 prospect, lined a single in the second inning to drive in Ben Gamel. That marks Oliva's first career RBI after he collected his first hit on Sept. 24 last season.

July 2: Brewers 7, Pirates 2 -- Multi-hit games for Reynolds
Bryan Reynolds collected a double and a homer on Friday against the Brewers. In his past 15 games, Reynolds has had twice as many multi-hit games (10) as games of one hit or fewer (5).

July 1: All-Star Game starters revealed -- Frazier in exclusive company
Adam Frazier was voted the starting second baseman for the National League in the All-Star Game at Coors Field on July 13. With that selection, Frazier joined Hall of Famer and Pittsburgh legend Bill Mazeroski as the only Pirates second basemen to start in an All-Star Game.