On June 2, 1928, at Braves Field in Boston, the home club saw its No. 3, 4 and 5 hitters combine for 10 hits in 15 at-bats, 10 runs scored, six extra-base hits and 11 RBIs. Although this trio was comprised of two future Hall of Famers in George Sisler and Rogers Hornsby, it was the five-hole hitter Les Bell who owned the day's best line. The Braves' third baseman drove in six runs, became the second player in franchise history to hit three home runs in a game and collected 15 total bases in becoming the first player in the liveball era to add a three-base hit to a three-homer game.
The Yankees' Tony Lazzeri matched this three-homer, one-triple feat on May 24, 1936 (and hit two grand slams in the process), and then the Indians' Pat Seerey did it on July 13, 1945. A second National Leaguer -- Giants catcher Wes Westrum -- joined the club on June 24, 1950, and remained the last man to do it to until June 18, 1975, when Boston's Fred Lynn homered thrice and tripled once (and also added a single) in a signature game to highlight his Rookie of the Year and MVP season. And that's been it for nearly 37 years, until Ryan Braun tamed the often unfriendly offensive confines of Petco Park on Monday night.
Ryan Braun set career highs in home runs (three), total bases (15) and extra-base hits (four), and tied a career high with six RBIs as the Brewers defeated the Padres in San Diego, 8-3. Among the highlights:
The 15 total bases are the most in Brewers history, and the most in the Majors since Dustin Pedroia had 15 on June 24, 2010. The last player to have more than 15 was Carlos Delgado on September 25, 2003.
Braun, with his three homers and a triple, became the fourth player in Brewers history to have four extra-base hits in a game, joining Paul Molitor (two doubles, two home runs), Richie Sexson (one double, three home runs) and Damian Miller (three doubles, one home run). Braun is the first player to have four in a game since the Dodgers' Matt Kemp on September 22, 2011.
Braun is the 18th player in Brewers history to hit three homers in a game, and the first to do it since Prince Fielder on September 27, 2011.
Braun set Petco Park single-game records for home runs and total bases, and joined Arizona's Stephen Drew as the only players to have four extra-base hits at San Diego's home ballpark.
The Pirates defeated the Braves, 9-3, with the nine runs ending a streak of 21 consecutive games since the start of the season in which Pittsburgh scored no more than five runs. That streak was the fourth longest since 1918, and the longest since the Brewers opened their 1972 season by scoring five or fewer runs in their first 31 contests. In 1943, the White Sox began their year with a streak of 27 games, and in 1919, the Boston Braves opened with a 23-game streak. The 21-game streak by the Pirates was also the longest in the 131-year history of the franchise.
David Ortiz homered twice, giving the designated hitter a total of 38 career multihomer games. A few notes on Ortiz and multihomer games:
Of the 38, 35 of them have come with Ortiz as the DH. That total is the most in history, ahead of the 18 by Frank Thomas, the 17 from Edgar Martinez and the 16 by Chili Davis.
Of the 38, 14 of them have come at Fenway Park. That total ties Ortiz with Ted Williams and Mo Vaughn for the fifth most in that ballpark's history. Jim Rice had 22, Carl Yastrzemski and Jimmie Foxx each had 18, and Manny Ramirez had 15.
Overall, Ortiz has 36 multihomer games with the Red Sox, the second most in team history behind Ted Williams' 37. Ortiz had been tied with Jim Rice.
Ortiz's two-homer game gave him 15 extra-base hits this season. He is the seventh Red Sox player since 1918 to have at least 15 through the club's first 22 games. The others: Joe Harris (16 in '24), Jose Offerman (16 in '99), Ted Williams (15 in '46), George Scott (15 in '66), Carl Everett (15 in 2000) and Ortiz (15 in 2004).
Yu Darvish allowed one run on four hits in seven innings, struck out nine and picked up the win to improve to 4-0. With a game score of 72 for this start, the Rangers' rookie is the first pitcher in franchise history to have, within his first five career games, a pair of starts that generated a score of at least 70. In his previous start on April 24, Darvish threw 8 1/3 shutout innings and had a game score of 77.
Edwin Encarnacion homered in his fourth straight game, tying him with 12 others (including himself, in 2010) for the second longest streak in Blue Jays history. Jose Cruz Jr. holds the franchise mark, with a streak of six straight games in 2001. Encarnacion joins Delgado and Joe Carter as the only players to have multiple four-game home runs streaks for the franchise.
Making his 35th career appearance, the Phillies' Vance Worley allowed one run in seven innings in a no-decision. Worley is the 12th Phillies pitcher since 1918 to compile at least six games of seven-plus innings and no more than one run allowed, through his first 35 appearances.
Phillies pitchers since 1918 to compile at least six games of seven-plus innings and no more than one run allowed through first 35 appearances
Pat Combs, Ray Culp, Mike Grace, Jack Kraus, Art Mahaffey, Dick Ruthven
Dennis Cook, Robin Roberts, Tom Underwood, Bucky Walters, Vance Worley
The Rays beat the Mariners, 3-2, in 12 innings and improved to 15-8 for the second best 23-game start in team history. The 2010 club began the year 17-6. Three of Tampa Bay's 15 victories (including Monday's) have come via a walk-off hit -- those three tie the Rays with the Marlins for the most in the Majors.
Jordan Schafer went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and extended his streak of reaching base safely (by a hit, walk or hit-by-pitch) to 23 games. Schafer's streak to begin a season ties him with Ricky Gutierrez in 1998 for the second longest in team history, behind Denis Menke's 25-game run in 1969. Over the past 10 seasons, Albert Pujols (42 straight games to begin in 2008) owns the Majors' longest on-base streak from the start of the season.
In the Dodgers' 23rd game of the season, Kemp hit his 12th home run. Those 12 through 23 games tie Kemp with Ken Keltner in 1948 for the eighth most in the modern era. Alex Rodriguez had 14 in 2007, and six others had 13. Those six: Cy Williams (1923), Willie Mays ('64), Mike Schmidt ('76), Ken Griffey Jr. ('97), Luis Gonzalez (2001) and Pujols ('06).
Roger Schlueter is senior researcher for MLB Productions. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.