St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran’s two two-run home runs on Sunday were interesting from both a team and a personal perspective.
For the Cardinals, his five RBI (he added another on a single) were a major contributor to the 10-4 win over Washington. The club lowered its magic number for securing the second National League wild card to two.
For Beltran personally, it was his best game in weeks. The switch-hitter hadn’t driven in more than two runs in any game since June 24, a span of over three months. He received a curtain call after his second blast.
But what made this performance somewhat unique is that his two home runs, hit in the second and fourth innings, came from opposite sides of the plate.
With that feat, Beltran became only the eighth player in Cardinals history to go deep as both a left-handed and right-handed hitter in the same game, according to researcher Tom Orf.
Beltran has joined some elite company. Three Cardinals hitters accomplished this twice.
Lance Berkman became the only Cardinal to do it twice in the same season, as part of his National League Comeback Player of the Year campaign in 2011. Reggie Smith did it in two of his three seasons in St. Louis – 1975 and 1976. Ted Simmons also accomplished the feat in 1975 and 1979.
Home runs from both sides of the plate in a game, St. Louis Cardinals, since 1918
|Carlos Beltran||9/30/2012||WAS||W 10-4||5||4||2||3||0||0||2||5||RF|
|Lance Berkman||6/30/2011||BAL||W 9-6||5||5||2||2||0||0||2||3||DH|
|Lance Berkman||4/28/2011||HOU||W 11-7||5||5||3||4||1||0||2||5||RF|
|Geronimo Pena||4/17/1994||SDP||W 5-0||4||3||3||2||0||0||2||2||2B|
|Mark Whiten||9/14/1993||MON||L 9-12||4||4||2||2||0||0||2||4||CF|
|Garry Templeton||1979-07-06 (2)||ATL||W 5-4||5||5||3||3||0||0||2||2||SS|
|Ted Simmons||6/11/1979||LAD||W 9-7||5||5||2||3||0||0||2||6||C|
|Reggie Smith||5/22/1976||PHI||W 7-6||5||5||3||3||0||0||3||5||3B 1B|
|Reggie Smith||5/4/1975||CHC||L 6-8||5||5||2||5||1||0||2||5||RF|
|Ted Simmons||4/17/1975||NYM||L 7-14||5||4||2||2||0||0||2||4||C|
|Red Schoendienst||1951-07-08 (2)||PIT||W 9-8||6||5||2||2||0||0||2||4||2B|