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Ludwick: Mr. Clutch dons the golden sombrero

Streaky St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Ryan Ludwick had a rough day on Sunday, striking out four times.

On one hand, Ryan Ludwick remains one of the steadiest members of the St. Louis Cardinals. His current offensive totals are very close to that of the $120 million man, Matt Holliday, the Cardinals other corner outfielder, and his defensive play this season has been far superior.

2010 stats through Sunday, May 23

Avg HR RBI OPS
Ludwick 0.283 6 18 0.843
Holliday 0.294 5 18 0.824

Ryan Ludwick (AP Photo/Kyle Ericson)On the other, Ludwick also continues to be one of the team’s streakiest hitters.

When he is on, he can rack up the numbers and score plenty of hero points. As I detailed in this post last week, no other Cardinal has more last at-bat game-winning hits since 2007 than does Ludwick with nine. His most recent occurrence was during Chris Carpenter’s previous start last Tuesday.

When he is off, though, a day ensues like on Sunday at Busch Stadium.

Ludwick took the golden sombrero, striking out four times. In the first three, all against Jered Weaver of the Angels, Ludwick went down swinging each time.  He finally got wood on the ball after Weaver departed, grounding out in the eighth before taking a called strike three for the second out in the ninth in what was at that point a tie game.

Golden Sombrero worn by Speedy GonzalezWith the help of researcher Tom Orf, we learn that since 1952, a Cardinals hitter has donned the golden sombrero 106 times, or about twice per season on average.

Since joining the Cardinals during the 2007 season, Ludwick is the landslide leader in the category with five of the team’s seven such games. Now Kansas City Royal Rick Ankiel had the other two.

Since 1952, only three Cardinals have struck out five times in a game, with it happening five times in total. Ray Lankford donned the platinum sombrero three times in 1998 alone, a season of amazing futility for him. Lankford also fanned four times in two other games that year. The other Cardinals platimum card holders were Dick Allen in 1970 and Steve Bilko in 1953.

No Cardinal has ever fanned six times in a game. All eight times in MLB history it occurred were in extra-inning contests. The most recent was by then-Milwaukee Brewer Geoff Jenkins in 2004.

St. Louis Cardinals hitter, four or more strikeouts, game, 1952-present

Player Date G Opp Rslt PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO
Ryan Ludwick 5/23/2010 ANA W 6-5 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Rick Ankiel 7/7/2009 MIL W 5-0 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Ryan Ludwick 7/18/2008 SDP W 11-7 6 6 1 2 0 0 1 3 0 0 4
Ryan Ludwick 5/25/2008 LAD L 3-4 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4
Ryan Ludwick 4/28/2008 CIN L 3-4 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Rick Ankiel 9/10/2007 CHC L 3-12 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Ryan Ludwick 6/26/2007 NYM W 5-3 6 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Kelly Stinnett 6/20/2007 KCR W 7-6 6 6 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 4
Chris Duncan 4/18/2007 SFG L 5-6 6 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Scott Spiezio 9/19/2006 MIL W 12-2 6 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4
Jim Edmonds 8/25/2006 CHC W 2-0 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4
John Rodriguez 6/23/2006 DET L 6-10 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4
Scott Spiezio 6/23/2006 DET L 6-10 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Gary Bennett 5/26/2006 SDP L 1-7 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
John Mabry 6/20/2005 CIN W 6-1 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
John Mabry 5/21/2005 KCR W 6-5 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Jim Edmonds 9/26/2004 COL W 9-3 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Ray Lankford 6/11/2004 TEX W 12-7 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Ray Lankford 6/6/2004 HOU L 2-3 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Jim Edmonds 8/16/2002 PHI L 0-4 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Jim Edmonds 7/16/2002 LAD W 9-2 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Jim Edmonds 5/12/2002 CIN W 10-8 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
J.D. Drew 5/5/2002 ATL L 2-4 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Mark McGwire 10/5/2001 HOU L 1-2 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Jim Edmonds 8/8/2001 MON L 5-6 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Mark McGwire 7/29/2001 CHC L 5-7 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Fernando Tatis 9/29/2000 CIN L 1-8 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Ray Lankford 8/29/2000 FLA L 1-3 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Jim Edmonds 8/28/2000 FLA W 5-2 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Darryl Kile 8/27/2000 ATL W 7-2 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Fernando Tatis 8/26/2000 ATL W 6-3 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
J.D. Drew 7/6/2000 CIN L 6-12 5 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Jim Edmonds 5/21/2000 PIT W 7-5 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Ray Lankford 9/26/1999 CIN L 5-7 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Willie McGee 8/28/1999 ATL L 0-3 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Mark McGwire 9/19/1998 MIL W 7-4 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Ray Lankford 8/8/1998 CHC W 9-8 7 7 1 2 0 0 1 3 0 0 5
Ray Lankford 7/11/1998 HOU W 4-3 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4
Ray Lankford 6/12/1998 ARI W 9-4 5 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4
Ray Lankford 6/6/1998 SFG L 4-5 7 6 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 5
Todd Stottlemyre 6/6/1998 SFG L 4-5 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Ray Lankford 5/24/1998 SFG L 6-9 9 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 5
Ron Gant 9/24/1997 CIN L 4-5 5 5 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4
Royce Clayton 8/2/1997 PHI W 2-1 5 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Ron Gant 9/28/1996 CIN W 5-2 5 5 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 4
Tom Pagnozzi 6/24/1996 ATL W 9-2 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Tom Pagnozzi 6/10/1996 LAD L 1-2 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Gary Gaetti 6/1/1996 HOU W 5-4 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Mark Sweeney 5/21/1996 HOU W 8-2 5 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 4
Ray Lankford 5/4/1996 SDP W 4-3 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Ramon Caraballo 8/11/1995 1 SDP L 0-3 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Bernard Gilkey 6/4/1994 SFG W 2-1 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Geronimo Pena 9/29/1993 NYM L 0-1 7 6 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4
Ray Lankford 8/22/1993 LAD L 0-3 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Ray Lankford 6/19/1993 CHC W 6-4 5 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 4
Ray Lankford 5/2/1993 ATL L 3-4 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Felix Jose 9/7/1992 MON W 8-7 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Brian Jordan 6/30/1992 PIT L 0-2 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Andres Galarraga 6/19/1992 NYM L 3-4 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Vince Coleman 5/1/1990 SDP W 2-1 5 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Milt Thompson 8/18/1989 2 CIN L 3-8 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Jack Clark 8/23/1987 CIN W 12-6 6 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 4
Vince Coleman 6/3/1987 CIN L 4-6 5 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Tito Landrum 4/24/1987 NYM L 1-2 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Jack Clark 5/24/1985 CIN L 6-7 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4
Joaquin Andujar 5/20/1985 ATL W 14-0 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Tom Herr 5/21/1984 HOU L 2-3 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4
Joaquin Andujar 5/19/1984 CIN W 9-1 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Joaquin Andujar 6/9/1983 PHI L 5-6 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
John Stuper 5/25/1983 CIN W 7-2 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Ken Oberkfell 6/8/1982 MON W 5-4 6 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4
Garry Templeton 10/2/1981 PIT L 7-8 5 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 4
John Fulgham 7/30/1980 SFG W 4-0 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Bob Forsch 5/16/1980 SFG L 3-4 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Bobby Bonds 5/5/1980 SFG W 9-5 5 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Garry Templeton 8/30/1979 SFG L 2-3 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Garry Templeton 5/9/1979 HOU L 4-5 8 7 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Silvio Martinez 9/25/1978 NYM W 3-0 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Bob Forsch 7/25/1978 SFG L 2-3 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Reggie Smith 7/19/1975 SFG L 2-5 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Jerry Reuss 7/24/1971 2 MON W 9-3 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4
Jerry Reuss 9/17/1970 CHC W 9-2 5 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 4
Dick Allen 5/24/1970 PHI L 5-6 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
Joe Torre 5/9/1970 ATL L 3-5 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Lou Brock 6/29/1969 2 CHC L 1-12 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Orlando Cepeda 8/13/1968 CHC L 3-10 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4
Ray Washburn 4/30/1968 LAD W 2-1 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Ray Washburn 9/16/1967 CIN W 4-1 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Orlando Cepeda 4/24/1967 LAD L 5-6 7 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 4
Jerry Buchek 9/29/1966 LAD L 1-2 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Al Jackson 7/10/1966 HOU L 5-6 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Lou Brock 5/10/1966 CHC W 8-0 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Lou Brock 4/13/1966 PHI L 2-3 6 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Lou Brock 8/22/1964 SFG L 2-4 5 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Roger Craig 7/13/1964 1 PIT W 5-4 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Mike Cuellar 7/13/1964 2 PIT W 12-5 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Johnny Lewis 5/27/1964 SFG L 1-2 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Curt Flood 8/14/1962 HOU L 3-4 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Walt Moryn 6/17/1960 MLN L 2-3 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Ellis Burton 4/17/1960 LAD L 5-7 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Larry Jackson 7/19/1958 CIN W 1-0 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Ken Boyer 9/2/1957 2 CIN L 1-3 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Hank Sauer 6/3/1956 2 PHI L 3-9 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Tom Alston 6/17/1954 PHI L 2-3 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Vinegar Bend Mizell 7/8/1953 CIN W 7-3 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Steve Bilko 5/28/1953 CIN T 10-10 6 6 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 5

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