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Multi-homer games in the post-season

Posted by Andy on November 3, 2009

Chase Utley did it again last night, hitting two homers in a World Series game.

Check out the most recent multi-homer games in the playoffs:

  Cnt Player            Date          Series G Tm   Opp GmReslt PA AB  R  H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF ROE GDP SB CS BOr Positions
+----+-----------------+-------------+------+-+---+----+-------+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+--+---+--+---+--+--+---+---+--+--+---+---------+
    1 Chase Utley       2009-11-02    WS     5 PHI  NYY W  8-6   4  3  3  2  0  0  2   4  1   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  1  0 3rd 2B
    2 Jayson Werth      2009-10-31    WS     3 PHI  NYY L  5-8   4  4  2  2  0  0  2   2  0   0  1   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 5th RF
    3 Chase Utley       2009-10-28    WS     1 PHI @NYY W  6-1   5  4  2  2  0  0  2   2  1   0  1   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 3rd 2B
    4 Jayson Werth      2009-10-21    NLCS   5 PHI  LAD W 10-4   4  4  3  3  0  0  2   4  0   0  1   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 5th RF

    5 Ryan Howard       2008-10-26    WS     4 PHI  TBR W 10-2   5  4  2  3  0  0  2   5  1   1  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 4th 1B
    6 Dustin Pedroia    2008-10-11    ALCS   2 BOS @TBR L  8-9   6  5  4  3  0  0  2   2  1   0  1   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 2nd 2B
    7 B.J. Upton        2008-10-06    ALDS   4 TBR @CHW W  6-2   5  4  2  2  0  0  2   2  1   1  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 2nd CF
    8 Pat Burrell       2008-10-05    NLDS   4 PHI @MIL W  6-2   4  4  2  3  0  0  2   4  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 5th LF
    9 Mike Napoli       2008-10-05    ALDS   3 LAA @BOS W  5-4   6  5  3  3  0  0  2   3  0   0  0   1  0  0   0   0  0  0 7th C
   10 Evan Longoria     2008-10-02    ALDS   1 TBR  CHW W  6-4   4  3  2  3  0  0  2   3  1   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  1  0 4th 3B

   11 Carlos Beltran    2006-10-15    NLCS   4 NYM @STL W 12-5   5  3  4  3  0  0  2   2  2   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 3rd CF
   12 Magglio Ordonez   2006-10-14    ALCS   4 DET  OAK W  6-3   5  4  2  2  0  0  2   4  1   0  1   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 4th RF
   13 Carlos Delgado    2006-10-13    NLCS   2 NYM  STL L  6-9   5  5  2  2  0  0  2   4  0   0  1   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 4th 1B
   14 Milton Bradley    2006-10-11    ALCS   2 OAK  DET L  5-8   5  5  2  4  0  0  2   4  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 3rd RF
   15 Frank Thomas      2006-10-03    ALDS   1 OAK @MIN W  3-2   4  4  2  3  0  0  2   2  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 4th DH

   16 Manny Ramirez     2005-10-07    ALDS   3 BOS  CHW L  3-5   4  3  2  2  0  0  2   2  1   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 4th LF
   17 A.J. Pierzynski   2005-10-04    ALDS   1 CHW  BOS W 14-2   4  3  4  3  1  0  2   4  0   0  0   1  0  0   0   0  0  0 7th C

   18 Johnny Damon      2004-10-20    ALCS   7 BOS @NYY W 10-3   6  6  2  3  0  0  2   6  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   1  1  0 1st CF
   19 Hideki Matsui     2004-10-16    ALCS   3 NYY @BOS W 19-8   6  6  5  5  2  0  2   5  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 4th LF
   20 Scott Rolen       2004-10-14    NLCS   2 STL  HOU W  6-4   4  4  2  2  0  0  2   3  0   0  1   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 4th 3B
   21 Carlos Beltran    2004-10-11    NLDS   5 HOU @ATL W 12-3   5  5  3  4  0  0  2   5  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 2nd CF
   22 Shawn Green       2004-10-09    NLDS   3 LAD  STL W  4-0   4  4  2  3  0  0  2   2  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 5th 1B
   23 Larry Walker      2004-10-05    NLDS   1 STL  LAD W  8-3   4  4  2  2  0  0  2   2  0   0  2   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 2nd RF

Players for the Phillies have the last 5 such games, which is pretty amazing. They're players have done it a total of 6 times in the last 2 seasons. (Keep in mind I'm talking about a single player having at least 2 homers in a game, not the team hitting at least 2 homers, which of course happens quite frequently.)

This year, Chase Utley and Jayson Werth have joined this pretty exclusive club of players with at least 2 multi-homer playoff games.

                   Games Link to Individual Games
+-----------------+-----+-------------------------+
 Babe Ruth             4 Ind. Games
 Manny Ramirez         3 Ind. Games
 Bernie Williams       2 Ind. Games
 Jayson Werth          2 Ind. Games
 Chase Utley           2 Ind. Games
 Jim Thome             2 Ind. Games
 Duke Snider           2 Ind. Games
 Mickey Mantle         2 Ind. Games
 Jeff Kent             2 Ind. Games
 Eric Karros           2 Ind. Games
 Chipper Jones         2 Ind. Games
 Reggie Jackson        2 Ind. Games
 Troy Glaus            2 Ind. Games
 Lou Gehrig            2 Ind. Games
 Steve Garvey          2 Ind. Games
 George Brett          2 Ind. Games
 Carlos Beltran        2 Ind. Games
 Willie Aikens         2 Ind. Games

Those two guys are half of the total group to have at least 2 multi-homer playoff games in the same post-season:

                   Year Games Link to Individual Games
+-----------------+----+-----+-------------------------+
 Jayson Werth      2009     2 Ind. Games
 Chase Utley       2009     2 Ind. Games
 Troy Glaus        2002     2 Ind. Games
 Willie Aikens     1980     2 Ind. Games

Finally, here's a nice piece of playoff trivia. Can you recall the last guy to hit THREE homers in a single playoff game? I couldn't. It's been done a total of six times in history (by five different players)...how many of those guys can you name? The full list is after the jump.

  Cnt Player            Date          Series G Tm   Opp GmReslt PA AB  R  H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF ROE GDP SB CS BOr Positions
+----+-----------------+-------------+------+-+---+----+-------+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+--+---+--+---+--+--+---+---+--+--+---+---------+
    1 Adam Kennedy      2002-10-13    ALCS   5 ANA  MIN W 13-5   4  4  3  4  0  0  3   5  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 9th 2B

    2 George Brett      1978-10-06    ALCS   3 KCR @NYY L  5-6   5  5  3  3  0  0  3   3  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 1st 3B

    3 Reggie Jackson    1977-10-18    WS     6 NYY  LAD W  8-4   4  3  4  3  0  0  3   5  1   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 4th RF

    4 Bob Robertson     1971-10-03    NLCS   2 PIT @SFG W  9-4   5  5  4  4  1  0  3   5  0   0  1   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 5th 1B

    5 Babe Ruth         1928-10-09    WS     4 NYY @STL W  7-3   5  5  3  3  0  0  3   3  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   1  0  0 3rd LF

    6 Babe Ruth         1926-10-06    WS     4 NYY @STL W 10-5   5  3  4  3  0  0  3   4  2   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 3rd LF

If you got Adam Kennedy, you're either an Angels fan or have a good memory.

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One Response to “Multi-homer games in the post-season”

  1. Most Career World Series Home Runs For an NL Team:
    Duke Snider 11
    Chase Utley 7
    Lenny Dykstra 6
    Gil Hodges/Johnny Bench 5