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Cardinals double triples not all that rare

Multiple three-base hits in one game aren’t that unusual for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Felipe Lopez tripled Friday night (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)Many consider the triple to be the most exciting play in baseball as the ball is often shot into the gap before bouncing away from the scurrying fielders while the hitter sprints around the bags.

So it was on Friday night as the St. Louis Cardinals registered three-base hits in consecutive innings against the visiting Angels and former teammate Joel Pineiro. They were struck by Colby Rasmus and Felipe Lopez (pictured) in the first two frames, plating a total of three runs in what turned out to be a series-opening win.

With just seven triples as a team this season, I would have thought that two triples in any one game would be rare for the Cardinals, let alone in two straight innings. Not so.

On August 31, 2005 at Florida, Hector Luna and Albert Pujols tripled in consecutive innings. As recently as September 26, 2008, not only did the team have two in one inning, they had three triples in the same game. Two were by Adam Kennedy with one from pitcher Braden Looper.

In the Tony La Russa years in St. Louis, since 1996, the team has had 35 two-triple games, including at least one such contest every season – except for 2009.

The Cardinals’ busiest triple day during that time was on April 27, 2003, when the team collected four three-base hits, the only game with that many since La Russa became manager.

St. Louis Cardinals, multiple triples, game, 2006-current

Date Opp Name Inn Out BI Name Inn Out BI Name Inn Out BI Name Inn Out BI
5/21/2010 ANA Colby Rasmus b 1 2 2 Felipe Lopez b 2 2 1
9/26/2008 CIN Adam Kennedy b 6 0 0 Braden Looper b 6 1 1 Adam Kennedy b 8 0 0
9/25/2008 ARI Cesar Izturis b 4 1 1 Adam Kennedy b 7 0 0
9/9/2007 @ARI Miguel Cairo t 3 0 2 Skip Schumaker t 6 2 0
9/16/2006 SFG Aaron Miles b 1 0 0 Aaron Miles b 4 2 0
7/18/2006 ATL John Rodriguez b 6 2 2 Scott Spiezio b 6 2 1
8/31/2005 @FLA Hector Luna t 4 1 0 Albert Pujols t 5 0 1
4/24/2005 HOU Scott Rolen b 1 2 0 Reggie Sanders b 1 2 1
8/31/2004 SDP Scott Rolen b 5 0 1 Reggie Sanders b 7 0 0
7/30/2004 @SFG Tony Womack t 6 1 0 Jim Edmonds t 6 2 2
9/6/2003 CIN Eli Marrero b 1 2 2 Bo Hart b 2 1 1
8/1/2003 @NYM Kerry Robinson t 8 0 1 Scott Rolen t 9 1 1
6/19/2003 @MIL J.D. Drew t 5 1 2 Bo Hart t 5 2 2
6/4/2003 TOR Tino Martinez b 6 0 0 Mike Matheny b 6 0 1
4/27/2003 @FLA J.D. Drew t 1 1 0 Tino Martinez t 4 1 0 Eli Marrero t 9 1 2 Miguel Cairo t17 0 0
4/24/2003 @ATL Miguel Cairo t 6 1 1 Fernando Vina t 7 2 1
7/30/2002 @FLA Albert Pujols t 8 1 0 Scott Rolen t 8 2 1
4/15/2002 @ARI Fernando Vina t 1 0 0 J.D. Drew t 5 0 1
6/4/2001 CIN Placido Polanco b 5 1 1 Fernando Vina b 7 0 1
4/26/2001 MON Fernando Vina b 5 0 0 Albert Pujols b 5 2 0
4/6/2001 @ARI Ray Lankford t 5 1 3 Fernando Vina t 7 1 2
8/28/2000 @FLA Mike Matheny t 5 1 1 Will Clark t 8 1 1
8/23/2000 PIT Fernando Vina b 3 2 0 Ray Lankford b 4 1 1
5/21/2000 @PIT Eli Marrero t 6 0 0 Placido Polanco t 8 0 1
4/8/2000 MIL Fernando Vina b 2 1 1 Fernando Vina b 4 0 0
6/19/1999 NYM Joe McEwing b 1 0 0 Darren Bragg b 3 0 0
5/1/1999 @MON Shawon Dunston t 3 2 2 J.D. Drew t 5 2 0
4/16/1999 @HOU Eric Davis t 4 0 1 Eli Marrero t 4 1 1
4/27/1998 MON Brian Jordan b 6 2 0 Delino DeShields b 7 1 3
8/29/1997 @KCR Gary Gaetti t 2 0 0 Delino DeShields t 8 1 1 Willie McGee t 8 2 3
6/24/1997 CHC Ron Gant b 4 1 2 Delino DeShields b 5 2 1
4/30/1997 FLA Delino DeShields b 5 0 0 Willie McGee b 5 1 2
4/15/1997 @FLA Dmitri Young t 3 2 1 Tom Lampkin t 4 1 1
9/17/1996 CHC Ozzie Smith b 8 1 1 Ray Lankford b 8 1 1
8/8/1996 SFG Gary Gaetti b 4 1 0 Brian Jordan b 8 2 0

Thanks to researcher Tom Orf for the above table.

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