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Ludwick the hit machine

Streaky Ryan Ludwick is in the midst of one of his hottest runs as a St. Louis Cardinal.

Ryan Ludwick (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)With three hits in the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 road victory over Cincinnati on Friday night, Ryan Ludwick did something the notoriously-streaky outfielder has never done before with the club – collect three hits three times in the span of four games. (He also is in the midst of a seven-game hit streak.)

It was the 11th time a Cardinal has had a similar stretch of three-hit games since 2000. As a further demonstration of his remarkable consistency, Albert Pujols has accomplished it just three times, and only once since 2003. Of course, that is still more than any other Cardinal during the past decade  – two more than Bo Hart!

Cardinals Three 3-Hit Games in a 3 or 4-Game Span (2000-2010)

Player Date Tm-G Opp Rslt PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI
Ryan Ludwick 5/14/2010 36 CIN W 4-3 4 4 2 3 0 0 1 2
Ryan Ludwick 5/12/2010 34 HOU L 6-9 5 5 1 3 1 0 0 0
Ryan Ludwick 5/11/2010 33 HOU L 3-6 5 4 2 3 1 0 0 1
Albert Pujols 9/9/2009 141 MIL W 5-1 5 5 2 3 0 0 2 3
Albert Pujols 9/7/2009 139 MIL W 3-0 5 4 1 3 2 0 0 2
Albert Pujols 9/6/2009 138 PIT L 5-6 5 5 1 3 0 0 0 1
Matt Holliday 8/14/2009 117 SDP W 9-2 5 5 2 3 2 0 0 3
Matt Holliday 8/12/2009 116 CIN W 5-2 4 4 0 3 1 0 0 1
Matt Holliday 8/11/2009 115 CIN L 4-5 5 5 0 3 0 0 0 0
Felipe Lopez 9/28/2008 162 CIN W 11-4 5 5 2 4 2 0 0 3
Felipe Lopez 9/26/2008 160 CIN W 7-6 5 4 3 3 0 0 0 0
Felipe Lopez 9/25/2008 159 ARI W 12-3 6 6 1 3 0 0 0 2
Felipe Lopez 9/23/2008 157 ARI W 7-4 4 4 2 3 1 0 0 1
Felipe Lopez 9/22/2008 156 ARI L 2-4 5 5 0 3 0 0 0 0
Troy Glaus 7/13/2008 96 PIT W 11-6 5 4 3 3 2 0 1 2
Troy Glaus 7/12/2008 95 PIT L 11-12 6 4 2 4 0 0 1 2
Troy Glaus 7/11/2008 94 PIT W 6-0 5 5 1 3 0 0 0 0
Chris Duncan 8/17/2006 120 CIN W 2-1 4 4 1 3 0 0 0 0
Chris Duncan 8/16/2006 119 CIN L 2-7 5 4 0 3 1 0 0 0
Chris Duncan 8/15/2006 118 CIN W 5-0 5 5 1 3 0 0 1 2
David Eckstein 5/12/2005 34 LAD W 10-3 5 4 1 3 1 1 0 1
David Eckstein 5/11/2005 33 LAD W 9-3 6 5 1 4 0 0 0 1
David Eckstein 5/10/2005 32 LAD L 8-9 5 4 1 3 0 0 0 0
David Eckstein 5/8/2005 30 SDP W 15-5 6 6 3 3 1 0 0 2
Albert Pujols 6/26/2003 77 CIN W 11-7 5 5 2 4 0 0 0 0
Albert Pujols 6/24/2003 75 CIN L 4-7 7 6 1 3 1 0 0 0
Albert Pujols 6/22/2003 74 KCR L 2-5 5 5 0 3 0 0 0 1
Albert Pujols 6/21/2003 73 KCR W 8-1 5 5 3 3 2 0 1 4
Albert Pujols 6/6/2003 59 BAL W 8-6 5 4 0 4 1 0 0 4
Albert Pujols 6/5/2003 58 TOR W 13-5 4 3 2 3 1 0 1 2
Albert Pujols 6/3/2003 56 TOR W 11-5 5 5 1 3 0 0 0 0
Bo Hart 6/28/2003 79 KCR W 13-9 6 6 4 4 0 0 0 0
Bo Hart 6/26/2003 77 CIN W 11-7 5 5 1 3 0 0 0 1
Bo Hart 6/25/2003 76 CIN W 9-6 5 5 2 3 0 0 1 1
Bo Hart 6/24/2003 75 CIN L 4-7 8 8 0 4 0 0 0 0
Bo Hart 6/21/2003 73 KCR W 8-1 5 5 2 3 0 1 0 0
Edgar Renteria 7/17/2002 91 SFG L 4-5 4 4 1 3 0 0 0 1
Edgar Renteria 7/16/2002 90 LAD W 9-2 4 4 3 4 1 0 0 2
Edgar Renteria 7/14/2002 88 SDP W 4-1 4 4 1 3 0 0 0 0

Thanks to researcher Tom Orf for the data.

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