Saturday, August 13, 2011

Two Pitchers - Ten Homers

Since the live ball era began, a pitcher giving up five homers in the same game has only occurred 89 times. Last night, it happened twice. C.C. Sabathia gave up five solo homers to the Tampa Bay Rays (yup, it's been done before) and Carlos Zambrano gave up five homers to the Atlanta Braves. Two pitchers - ten homers. Sabathia will surely make his next start. Zambrano? Who knows. He cleaned out his locker after the game.

The duo tied a major league record that had stood alone since September 21, 1996. On that date, fifteen years ago, Jeff D'Amico and Dave Tehlgeder also gave up ten homers. Jeff D'Amico was pitching for the Brewers and faced the Tigers. Oddly enough, D'Amico won that game and improved his record to 13-6! Tehlgeder wasn't so lucky and was pitching for the Athletics against the Seattle Mariners.

In all the games played since 1919, two pitchers did something that's only happened 89 times. And they did it in the same night. It's not something you see every day, that's for sure

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