Coming into Monday’s game, which he also didn’t start, the eight-year veteran was batting .316 (96 for 304) — the best among second basemen in the majors — with 33 runs batted in, 25 doubles and six home runs. His doubles total ranks second in the league and only Houston Astros’ Miguel Tejada has more multi-hit games.
He is a career .302 hitter.
In addition, he is one of two players to have six hits in a game this year, accomplishing the feat May 25 against the Chicago Cubs.
Along with his offensive success, Sanchez — who has also played third and shortstop in his career — has been a stalwart on defense. He has committed just one error in 365 total chances, and his .997 fielding percentage leads all second basemen.