Two days after Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton tied a major league record with four home runs and set an American League record with 18 total bases in a game, Camden Yards again played host to a record-setting feat!
After Hamilton’s awesome display, Baltimore got to experience a little bit of history making of their own on Thursday when Orioles outfielder Ryan Flaherty, shortstop J.J. Hardy and outfielder Nick Markakis led off the game with back-to-back-to-back home runs off of starting pitcher Colby Lewis. The feat was the first time this had been done in American League history! (It had been done three times before in the National League however).
And as if there were not enough records broken and/or set in the Orioles-Rangers series, another one was set by Colby Lewis in the same game, when Lewis finished the contest by giving up five hits (all home runs) and striking out a career-high 12 batters, becoming the first pitcher to give up five home runs and strike out at least 10 batters in a game since 1918!
So quite deservedly, these record setting performances easily make our BEST STAT(S) feature.