Posted by Steve Lombardi on April 18, 2011
Or, otherwise known as Shamsky's big day off the bench...
Using PI's Game Finder, I wanted to see if anyone had ever hit 3+ homers in a game, since 1919, where they were not a starter in the game. And, it gave me this result:
|1||Art Shamsky||1966-08-12||CIN||PIT||L 11-14||3||3||3||3||0||0||3||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.503||4.614||2.510||9||LF|
The Red scored two in the bottom of the 8th inning to take a 8-7 lead - only to allow the Pirates to tie the game, 8-8, in the top of the 9th inning.
Then, the Pirates went ahead by one in the 10th inning - and the Red tied it in the bottom of the 10th. Next, the Pirates scored two in the 11th inning - and then the Reds matched that with two runs in the bottom of the 11th inning.
And, look at the role that Art Shamsky had in all that action.
He entered the game the top of the 8th inning, playing left field.
In the bottom of the 8th, he hits a 2-run homer to give the Reds an 8-7 lead. Then, in the bottom of the 10th inning, he hits another homer to tie the game at 9-9. And, finally, in the bottom of the 11th, he hits a two-run homer to tie the score at 11-11.
Even with the Reds losing this game, 14-11 in 13 innings, this has to be one of the greatest games coming off the bench in baseball history, no?