Sunday, June 16, 2013
Kernels: Triples brewing in Milwaukee
By Doug Kern
Last week we brought you everything grand-slam-related. This week we'll stop at third base in our weekly look at interesting and unusual stats.
Theme of the week: Triples, Triples, and More Triples
The Brewers triple-fest
The Brewers hit three triples in Wednesday's victory over the Marlins, two by Carlos Gomez and one by Jonathan Lucroy. There have been five three-triple games by teams this season, and two are by the Brewers.
That makes the Brewers the first team to have a pair of multi-triple games by June 12 since the 1983 Cardinals.
The three on Wednesday brought an end to a stretch where Milwaukee had at least one triple in six straight games and 11 of their previous 12.
For the season the Brewers have 29 three-baggers. That six-game streak was the longest by any team since the same Brewers went seven straight in August of 2007.
Their team total of 29 triples is 10 more than any other team in the majors (the Rockies have 19), and nearly matches the other four teams in the NL Central combined (31).
Although they probably won't reach the all-time team record of 129 (set by the 1912 Pittsburgh Pirates), the top two marks by any team since World War II are both held by the Royals, who (oddly) hit 77 triples in 1977 and 79 in 1979. They're halfway to the Brewers' team record of 57 set in 1983.
Gomez and Jean Segura have eight each, tied for the major-league lead. Eight entire teams don't have eight triples yet, and no other player has more than six.
Schierholtz in good company
Nate Schierholtz of the Cubs tripled twice on Thursday, walked twice and scored three runs. The last Cub with two triples and three runs scored? Andre Dawson against the Padres on May 4, 1989.
And the last to have two triples be his only hits of the game and still score three times? That also happened against the Reds ... by Roy Smalley Sr. on April 27, 1949.
Galvis for three
Freddy Galvis of the Phillies rounded out the week's trifecta of multi-triple games when he hit two in Colorado on Friday. Galvis was the first Phillies player with a multi-triple, four-RBI game since Mickey Morandini in 1993.
And in summary
What is the significance of having a multi-triple game on Wednesday, another on Thursday, and a third on Friday?
Although there was an instance two years ago of three such games on the same day (so we can't technically say "three in three days"), it's the first time it's happened on each of three consecutive days since 1973. Mike Phillips of the Giants, longtime Tiger Mickey Stanley, and Fred Kendall of the Padres (that's Jason's father) lined up multi-triple games on August 20 through 22 respectively.