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Written by Maury Brown   
Tuesday, 26 May 2009 08:12

Freddy SanchezThe Pirates’ Freddy Sanchez had it all going yesterday after having the first six-hit game for a Pirate in 19 years, scoring four runs, and driving in three more in a 10-8 win over the skidding Chicago Cubs. The last Pirate to do such a feat was Wally Backman in 1990. Sanchez compiled the milestone by hitting a two-run HR, a doubled and singled four times. Ian Kinsler of the Texas Rangers had a six-hit game on April 15 of this year against the Baltimore Orioles. In all of last year, only Johnny Damon had as many as six hits in a game when he did so on June 7 against the Kansas City Royals, going 6 for 6 in a 12-11 victory at Yankee Stadium.

In a case of the ironic the most prodigious hitting display in major league history comes by Rennie Stennett of the Pittsburgh Pirates, who had seven-hits in a 22-0 shellacking of (you guessed it), the Chicago Cubs. Here is a break down of that record setting day:

  1. First inning - double off "Big Daddy" Rick Reuschel
  2. First inning - single off Tom Dettore
  3. Third inning - single off Dettore
  4. Fifth inning - double off Dettore
  5. Fifth inning - single off Oscar Zamora
  6. Seventh inning - single off Buddy Schultz
  7. Eighth inning - double off Paul Reuschel (Rick's brother)  

To mark Sanchez’ momentous day, select Read More to see all batters that have collected 6 hits or more since 1901, including Doc Cramer who had six hits in a game, not once, but twice in his career.

American League

6 -- Ian Kinsler, April 15, 2009

Johnny Damon, June 7, 2008

Chone Figgins, June 18, 2007

Raul Ibanez, Sept. 22, 2004

Joe Randa, Sept. 9, 2004

Omar Vizquel, Aug. 31, 2004

Carlos Pena, May 27, 2004

Alfonso Soriano, May 8, 2004

Frank Catalanotto, May 1, 2004

Damion Easley, Aug. 8, 2001

Cal Ripken Jr., June 13, 1999

Lance Johnson, Sept. 23, 1995

Kevin Reimer, Aug. 24, 1993

Kirby Puckett, Aug. 30, 1987

Kevin Seitzer, Aug. 2, 1987

Jorge Orta, June 15, 1980

Johnny Briggs, Aug. 4, 1973

Bob Oliver, May 4, 1969

Floyd Robinson, July 22, 1962

Jim Piersall, June 10, 1953

Jim Fridley, April 29, 1952

George Kell, Sept. 20, 1946

Stan Spence, June 1, 1944

George Myatt, May 1, 1944

Hank Steinbacher, June 22, 1938

Ray Radcliff, July 18, 1936

Bruce Campbell, July 2, 1936

Doc Cramer, July 13, 1935

Myril Hoag, June 6, 1934

Doc Cramer, June 20, 1932

Ty Cobb, May 5, 1925

Geoge Burns, June 19, 1924

Frank Brower, Aug. 7, 1923

Jimmy Williams, Aug. 25, 1902

Danny Murphy, July 8, 1902

Zaza Harvey, April 25, 1902

Doc Nance, July 13, 1901

Mike Donlin, June 24, 1901

National League

7 -- Rennie Stennett, Sept. 16, 1975

6 -- Freddy Sanchez, May 25, 2009

Willie Harris, July 21, 2007

Shawn Green, May 23, 2002

Edgardo Alfonzo, Aug. 30, 1999

Andres Galarraga, July 3, 1995

Sammy Sosa, July 2, 1993

Wally Backman, April 27, 1990

Felix Millan, July 6, 1970

Jesus Alou, July 10, 1964

Dick Groat, May 13, 1960

Connie Ryan, April 16, 1953

Johnny Hopp, May 14, 1950

Walker Cooper, July 6, 1949

Cookie Lavagetto, Sept. 23, 1939

Ernie Lombardi, May 9, 1937

Terry Moore, Sept. 5, 1935

Tony Cuccinello, Aug. 13, 1931

Jim Bottomley, Aug. 5, 1931

Wally Gilbert, May 30, 1931

Paul Waner, Aug. 26, 1926

Jim Bottomley, Sept. 16, 1924

Frankie Frisch, Sept. 10, 1924

Kiki Cuyler, Aug. 9, 1924

Jack Fournier, June 29, 1923

Dave Bancroft, June 28, 1920

George Cutshaw, Aug. 9, 1915

Kip Selbach, June 9, 1901

Source: The Associated Press


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