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Pujols ties MLB greats with three-homer performance

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols had a performance for the ages on Saturday night, hitting three home runs against the Texas Rangers in a 16-7 win in Game 3 of the 2011 World Series.

Among Pujols’ feats:

  • His five hits tied Milwaukee’s Paul Molitor for the most in one game.
  • His three-home run game tied Babe Ruth (two) and Reggie Jackson (one) for the most in Series history.
  • His 14 total bases set a World Series record.
  • He collected hits in four consecutive innings, setting a World Series mark.
  • His six RBI tied a Series record.

Researcher Tom Orf pulled all the three-home run games in MLB post-season history. They include the Rangers’ Adrian Beltre, who launched three long balls in Game 4 of the ALDS not three weeks ago.

Three-home run games, post-season, MLB history

Player Date Ser Gm# Tm Opp Rslt Score PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI
Albert Pujols 10/22/2011 WS 3 STL TEX W 16-7 6 6 4 5 0 0 3 6
Adrian Beltre 10/4/2011 ALDS 4 TEX TBR W 4-3 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 3
Adam Kennedy 10/13/2002 ALCS 5 ANA MIN W 13-5 4 4 3 4 0 0 3 5
George Brett 10/6/1978 ALCS 3 KCR NYY L 5-6 5 5 3 3 0 0 3 3
Reggie Jackson 10/18/1977 WS 6 NYY LAD W 8-4 4 3 4 3 0 0 3 5
Bob Robertson 10/3/1971 NLCS 2 PIT SFG W 9-4 5 5 4 4 1 0 3 5
Babe Ruth 10/9/1928 WS 4 NYY STL W 7-3 5 5 3 3 0 0 3 3
Babe Ruth 10/6/1926 WS 4 NYY STL W 10-5 5 3 4 3 0 0 3 4

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8 Responses to “Pujols ties MLB greats with three-homer performance”

  1. blingboy says:

    Lost in all the Albert-mania is the fact that the first two Cards runs were driven in by Craig and Freese. Those two young guys have been something this postseason.

    When your mop up guy throws 99, your pen is pretty good.

    Holliday gunned down a runner at the plate. Anything can happen.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      Brian gets credit for suggesting Craig was one of the keys to the series.
      Craig had two pinch-hits against a flame-thrower and two RBI singles. Then he puts us on the board in Game 3. Three consecutive at bats during which Craig drove in runs that put the Cards ahead. Cant get any better.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      Freese and Craig both will take the outside pitch to opposite field, Freese for power. They are both tough hitters.

  2. JumboShrimp says:

    Babe Ruth hit 3 HRs in the World Series. He did it twice.
    Both times it was against the Cardinals.
    It feels better when our uberstar does it against the AL.

  3. Brian Walton says:

    World Series Game 4 lineup:
    1. Rafael Furcal (S) SS
    2. Allen Craig (R) RF
    3. Albert Pujols (R) 1B
    4. Matt Holliday (R) LF
    5. Lance Berkman (S) DH
    6. David Freese (R) 3B
    7. Yadier Molina (R) C
    8. Jon Jay (L) CF
    9. Nick Punto (S) 2B

  4. JumboShrimp says:

    I don’t know anything about Holland, but I would like to think we have an advantage tonight at starting pitcher. Jackson has good stuff and is a vet.

  5. JumboShrimp says:

    The Rangers have lots of lefties. With Craig, Pujols, Molina, and Freese, the Cards have answers.
    A key tonight is how long Holland lasts. If he lasts, good news for the Rangers. But if the Cards can knock him out by the 5th, this should be helpful.

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