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!
#21 Outfielder Nick Markakis connects on the last of Balimore’s back-to back-to back HR’s on Thursday. Unfortunately there weren’t too many people in the stands to witness it… Photo: Joy Absalon/US PRESSWIRE
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.
Texas goes down in defeat…AGAIN!
Texas Ranger manager Ron Washington looks down and upset after 7th inning walk to Bengie Molina with the bases loaed. Photo: Matt Slocum/Associated Press
“The thrill of victory-the agony of defeat.” That was the mantra spoken by the late Jim Mckay before the ABC sports show Wide World Of Sports aired over 40 years ago. Last night the Rangers felt the ‘agony of defeat’ for the second consecutive time, losing the 107th World Series last night and the 106th last year. That hasn’t been done since Atlanta did it twenty years ago. Unfortunately, they will have to- ‘Wait till next year!’
Cards win their 11th World Series!
Just after the final out in Game 7 before the Cards' celebrations had begun. Photo: Matt Slocum/Associated Press
In second place with the most World Series victories (11), only the N.Y. Yankees (27) have more, the Cards begin to explode in celebrations as the team that was given ‘no chance’ over the last few weeks of the regular season (they were 3 games out with 5 to play), became the ‘Cardiac’ Cardinals by taking the Texas Rangers the full seven games and winding up victorious. It was one of the most exciting Series ever played. Hats off to the team, the city of St. Louis, and the fans that were loud & supportive the entire game and series!
Breaks out of Series Slump in a Big Way…
Pujols hits a 3 run homer off Alexi Orgando in the six inning in game three at Arlington Texas.. Photo: AP/Eric Gay
Albert Pujols, who had gone 0-6 in the first two games of the 2100 World Series vs the Texas Rangers, and made the crucial ninth inning error that cost the Cardinals game two, suddenly found his sweet swing and crushed the Rangers into submission with a game of historic proportions. When the smoke had cleared the final score was 16-7 Cards. Pujol’s three home runs tied world series records with one Babe Ruth, who did it twice, and Reginald Martinez Jackson; both Yankees. His five hits tied him with Paul Molitor of the Milwaukee Braves and his six RBI’s tied him with Bobby Richardson in 1960 and Hideki Matsui in 2009; also both Yankees.
Albert Pujols thanks the Man above after belting a two run blast in the 7th inning in game three of the World Series vs the Rangers. Photo: AP
And he set some pretty impressive records of his own. Like becoming the first player to get hits in four consecutive innings. He also set a world series record with 14 total bases. A simply amazing performance by one of arguably the greatest hitters ever, as his .328 lifetime batting average and .331 BA in the post-season will attest to.
And one final note: Tony La Russa moved into second place in postseason victories among managers, passing Bobby Cox and trailing only Joe Torre. There were holes shot through the record books all night, but the greatest was accomplished by Albert Pujols. WTG!!