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Switch-hitting Beltran’s unusual feat

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

Player Date Opp Rslt PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI Pos
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

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14 Responses to “Switch-hitting Beltran’s unusual feat”

  1. blingboy says:

    Here is how the top 40 prospects vote is gong so far:

    #1 Oscar Taveras
    #2 Shelby Miller
    #3 Trevor Rosenthal
    #4 Carlos Martinez
    #5 Michael Wacha
    #6 Matt Adams
    #7 Kolten Wong
    #8 Tyrell Jenkins
    #9 Anthony Garcia
    #10 Carson Kelly
    #11 Greg Garcia
    #12 Jordan Swagerty
    #13 Starlin Rodriguez
    #14 voting now open

  2. JumboShrimp says:

    Carlos Beltran, two more hits tonight, looks reborn and to be getting hot, when it most counts.

    Two game lead over the Dodgers, just two games to play, I like our chances. If the Dodgers lose tonight, it would be wait until next year, Dodgers fans, bawl your eyes out.

    • CariocaCardinal says:

      And there were some on here that held out Matheny sticking with Beltran as an example of his poor managing.

      • blingboy says:

        IMHO: The first five or six spots in the lineup are no place for a slumper. Letting Carlos ride it out below the middle of the order rather than second would have given us a better chance to win a number of games, which means we might have clinched already and could be resting some guys who need it. That in turn could improve our post-season chances. So yes, I call bad managing.

        TLR would have left him there to ride it out as well, but I am convinced it is the wrong way to go.

      • Nutlaw says:

        Yeah. That’s because it was poor managing. It’s good that he’s heating up again finally … in these past two games. He didn’t do much of anything for the entire second half of the season, though September wasn’t horrible. He probably needed to play less so that he could rest up.

  3. JumboShrimp says:

    Come on, Giants!!! Whup those Dodgers.

  4. blingboy says:

    It’s fitting they got in without having to go to the trouble of doing any clutch hitting, scoring any clutch runs or winning a close game.

    Drenching themselves with champaigne after the Dodgers lost was pathetic.

    • Kansasbirdman says:

      They have had plenty of adversity. They need to bond together under the adversity to learn to work as a team. I agree that celebrating clinching that way wasn’t ideal. They are going to have a fast learning curve Friday night. Hopefully they are ready.

    • crdswmn says:

      Well, backing in is better than not being in at all. The Cards limped into the postseason in 2006 and see what happened.

      Can’t always clinch with a win. The Nats clinched their division on a night they lost. It happens. Having said that, we did play crappy last night. We aren’t going to beat the Braves playing like that.

      Shelby Miller is starting today. I imagine the lineup will consist of mostly the B team. They may have a better shot at beating the Reds.

  5. blingboy says:

    With the Walts tied with the Nats for the best record, tonight’s game could help determine which we would face should we win the play-in. I’ve heard it said that niether of them would mind losing so as to play the Giants rather than the wild card team. I consider that absurd. The Giants have 94 wins and the Braves 93.

    The best thing either could hope for would be to play the Cards. I know its been said that playing the Cards would be scary due to the level of talent. But the Cards have shown no ability to rise to the occasion, whatever the occasion is. Their inability to step it up at all with Carp’s return to the mound suggests to me that they lack the ability to do so. I can’t think of any other reason neither of Carp’s three starts got a rise out of them.

    I hope we win it all, but to date it has been a very uninspiring team.

    For some reason, I feel like DeWit and Mo are satisfied because there was not an unsightly meltdown this year after the loss of TLR and Schmalbert. It just seems like that was their goal for this year, it was met, and they are satisfied.

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