For Chris Heisey tonight was more than just amazing, it was "three-diculous" as he hit three home runs in the Cincinnati Reds win over the New York Yankees. Heisey had never even hit more than one in a game.
He is the seventh player in the majors with a three-homer game this season. This is the earliest we have had seven three-homer games in a season since the 2001 when there had already been 10 such games.
In addition to his first multi-homer game Heisey also connected on his first career leadoff home run. With Wednesday's performance Heisey has already matched his output for the 2010 season with eight longballs, doing so in 74 fewer at-bats.
He is the 32nd player in Reds history to hit three home runs in a game, and the first to do so in interleague play. The last Reds player with a three-homer game was Jay Bruce in 2010.
Like Heisey, Bruce also did it out of the leadoff spot. The only other Reds player in the Live Ball Era (since 1920) to do so was Pete Rose back in 1978 against the Mets.
Heisey is the sixth player in the last 25 years to hit three home runs in a game against the Yankees and first to do so since Kevin Millar in 2004. Heisey is the only leadoff hitter to ever homer three times in a single game against the Yankees.
Cliff Lee loving June
Cliff Lee continued his spectacular run in the month of June notching his second consecutive shutout as the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the St. Louis Cardinals. Lee is the first Phillies pitcher since Cory Lidle in 2004 to throw consecutive shutouts and just fourth to do so in the last 35 seasons.
Interesting to note the last three pitchers to throw consecutive shutouts in the majors all currently reside in the Phillies rotation. Before Lee in 2011, Roy Halladay accomplished the feat in 2009 with the Toronto Blue Jays while Roy Oswalt did so in 2008 with the Houston Astros.
ERA Under 1.00 For Entire Month
Phillies Since WWII (Min. 5 Starts)
Lee is on a historic pace this month, now 4-0 with a 0.27 ERA in four June starts. Since the end of World War II, only four Phillies pitchers have had an ERA under 1.00 for a single month (minimum of five starts). The last to do so was Jim Bunning with a 0.87 ERA in August of the 1967 season.
Looking ahead to his next start Lee could join some other elite company within the Phillies franchise.
With another shutout on June 28 against the Red Sox, he would join Robin Roberts in 1950 as the only Phillies pitchers in the Live Ball Era to throw three consecutive shutouts.