Friday, June 13, 2008
Back to Back to Back - three home runs in the first inning against the Cardinals on June 13th 2008! Very rare for the team to have this happen, this time it was Utley, Howard, and Burrell. The last time this happened was in 2004, during that year it happened twice once on 5/18/2004 and then prior to that on 5/4/2004. The home run trios were by the same three players in different order:
5/18/2004 it was Abreu, Burrell, Thome
5/4/2004 trio was in order: Abreu, Thome, Burrell.
Prior to that according to the Phillies Media guide this rare event happened in 1999, 1987, 1985, and 1977.
Several Phillies players have hit 3 HR's in one game by themselves. The last was Ryan Howard 9/3/2006 game 1 vs. ATL at home in Citizen's Bank Park .... all three were consecutive. Prior to that, Mike Lieberthal hit three in a game on 8/10/2002 at Los Angeles. This is so rare, we have to go back to 1997 to find the Phillies player who hit three in a game, Bobby Estalella - who did it in Montreal on 9/4/1997.
The only 'modern' player of the Phillies to hit four homeruns in one game was Mike Schmidt who did it consecutive at Wrigley Field on 4/17/1976. Prior to that, Chuck Klein did it in 1936 and then it goes all the way back to 1896 when Ed Delahanty hit 4 home runs in one game.
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