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Yadier Molina’s five-RBI feat

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina did something that has only been accomplished 25 times in 90 years.

With five runs batted in during the St. Louis Cardinals’ Friday night victory over the San Diego Padres, Yadier Molina accomplished a feat that is quite rare – just the 25th time it was accomplished by a Cardinals catcher in the last 90 years.

Molina’s log from Friday night:

  • First inning: RBI double
  • Second inning: Two-RBI single
  • Fourth inning: RBI double
  • Sixth inning: RBI single

With six of the 25, Ted Simmons is the leader with the most five or more RBI games. In 1942, Ken O’Dea set the team single-game record with seven RBI.

As pointed out below, the Cardinals are are perfect 25-0 in games when the catcher plated at least five.

St. Louis Cardinals, catchers, game, five or more RBI, 1920-current

Player Date Opp Rslt PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB
Yadier Molina 9/17/2010 SDP W 14-4 4 4 0 4 2 0 0 5 0
Eli Marrero 4/20/2000 SDP W 14-1 5 5 2 2 0 0 2 5 0
Hector Villanueva 6/3/1993 CIN W 9-2 5 5 1 3 1 0 1 5 0
Tom Pagnozzi 5/26/1991 NYM W 14-4 6 6 0 4 1 1 0 6 0
Tony Pena 8/22/1989 ATL W 10-5 5 4 0 3 1 0 0 5 0
Darrell Porter 5/10/1983 SFG W 8-4 4 4 2 2 0 0 2 5 0
Darrell Porter 9/17/1981 MON W 7-4 4 4 1 2 1 0 1 5 0
Ted Simmons 9/25/1980 PIT W 10-2 5 4 3 3 0 0 2 6 1
Ted Simmons 5/9/1980 LAD W 15-7 5 4 2 2 0 0 1 5 1
Ted Simmons 6/11/1979 LAD W 9-7 5 5 2 3 0 0 2 6 0
Joe Ferguson 1976-09-15 (1) NYM W 7-0 4 4 1 2 0 0 1 5 0
Ted Simmons 5/17/1975 SFG W 17-2 6 5 2 3 0 1 1 5 1
Ted Simmons 7/2/1973 PHI W 7-4 4 4 1 2 0 0 1 5 0
Ted Simmons 6/27/1973 PIT W 15-4 6 4 2 3 2 0 1 5 1
Hal Smith 5/9/1959 CHC W 11-1 4 4 2 2 0 0 2 5 0
Hal Smith 5/8/1957 NYG W 13-4 5 5 1 3 0 0 1 6 0
Del Rice 1950-07-19 (1) NYG W 18-4 5 3 2 2 1 0 1 5 1
Del Wilber 8/2/1948 NYG W 21-5 6 6 2 3 1 0 0 5 0
Walker Cooper 1943-08-22 (1) BSN W 6-1 5 5 1 3 2 0 1 5 0
Ken O’Dea 1942-05-03 (1) BRO W 14-10 5 5 1 2 1 0 1 7 0
Mickey Owen 7/24/1937 BRO W 20-2 4 4 0 2 0 0 0 5 0
Spud Davis 9/11/1935 PHI W 10-2 3 3 1 3 0 1 1 5 0
Spud Davis 7/7/1934 CIN W 10-4 5 5 1 4 2 0 1 5 0
Frank Snyder 9/19/1927 PHI W 12-5 4 4 0 3 0 0 0 5 0
Verne Clemons 8/23/1921 NYG W 10-7 4 4 0 3 1 0 0 5 0

Thanks to researcher Tom Orf for providing the table above.

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