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For Ludwick, five and five is a serious number


St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Ryan Ludwick went 5-for-5 Friday night with two home runs, five RBI and three runs scored as his club doubled up on the Pittsburgh Pirates by a 14-7 score.

Here is how Ludwick’s big evening played out:

  • First inning: RBI double
  • Third inning: Solo home run (back to back with Matt Holliday)
  • Fifth inning: Doubled to center
  • Seventh inning: Singled to center and later scored
  • Eighth inning: Three-run home run

The 5 hits x 5 RBI result for Ludwick is a fairly rare occurrence in Cardinals team history. It is only the fifth time a player put together a game like that in at least the last 55 years and only the third time the result was generated in just five plate appearances.

Each past occurrence was unique, though three of the first four were registered against the Cubs, while Smiths had two of them.

On September 15, 1965, Curt Flood had five hits in six at-bats, yet oddly did not cross home plate. Ten years later, Reggie Smith had a double and two home runs among his five hits, yet the Cardinals still lost the May 4, 1975 game.

June 17, 1993 marked the best run-producing five-hit Cards game since at least 1954 as Ozzie Smith plated six against the Cubs at Wrigley. Albert Pujols joined the five hit, five RBI list on July 20, 2004 also in Chicago. Albert slammed three home runs and scored four times that day, both bests on this list.

Five or more hits, five or more RBI, game, Cardinals (1954-2009)

Player Date Opp W-L Score PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI
Ryan Ludwick 9/4/2009 @PIT W 14-7 5 5 3 5 2 0 2 5
Albert Pujols 7/20/2004 @CHC W 11-8 5 5 4 5 1 0 3 5
Ozzie Smith 6/17/1993 @CHC W 11-10 6 5 1 5 3 0 0 6
Reggie Smith 5/4/1975 CHC L 6-8 5 5 2 5 1 0 2 5
Curt Flood 9/15/1965 @PIT W 7-3 6 6 0 5 1 0 0 5

A tip of the cap to Tom Orf for the research.

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