Reader Kahuna Tuna brought this to my attention. There have been just 16 times that a player entered a post-season game as a pinch-hitter and hit a triple:
|1||Aaron Rowand||2010-10-28||WS||2||SFG||TEX||W 9-0||1||1||1||1||0||1||0||2||0||0||0.002||9||PH|
|2||Brendan Harris||2009-10-09||ALDS||2||MIN||NYY||L 3-4||4||4||1||2||0||1||0||1||0||0||0.005||8||PH 3B|
|3||Ruben Sierra||2003-10-22||WS||4||NYY||FLA||L 3-4||1||1||0||1||0||1||0||2||0||0||0.403||7||PH|
|4||Tom Goodwin||2003-10-10||NLCS||3||CHC||FLA||W 5-4||1||1||1||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0.169||8||PH|
|5||Doug Glanville||2003-10-10||NLCS||3||CHC||FLA||W 5-4||1||1||0||1||0||1||0||1||0||0||0.380||2||PH LF|
|6||Pedro Feliz||2003-10-01||NLDS||2||SFG||FLA||L 5-9||1||1||1||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0.126||9||PH|
|7||Al Martin||2001-10-20||ALCS||3||SEA||NYY||W 14-3||1||1||1||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0.000||4||PH DH|
|8||John Vander Wal||1998-10-04||NLDS||4||SDP||HOU||W 6-1||1||1||1||1||0||1||0||2||0||0||0.069||5||PH|
|9||Dmitri Young||1996-10-13||NLCS||4||STL||ATL||W 4-3||1||1||1||1||0||1||0||2||0||0||0.217||8||PH|
|10||Lonnie Smith||1992-10-11||NLCS||5||ATL||PIT||L 1-7||1||1||1||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0.004||9||PH|
|11||Candy Maldonado||1989-10-28||WS||4||SFG||OAK||L 6-9||1||1||1||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0.031||9||PH|
|12||Lenny Dykstra||1986-10-15||NLCS||6||NYM||HOU||W 7-6||5||4||1||2||0||1||0||1||1||0||-0.016||9||PH CF|
|13||Lynn Jones||1985-10-19||WS||1||KCR||STL||L 1-3||1||1||0||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0.060||8||PH|
|14||Ty Cline||1970-10-03||NLCS||1||CIN||PIT||W 3-0||1||1||1||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0.286||9||PH LF|
|15||Andy Carey||1955-09-30||WS||3||NYY||BRO||L 3-8||1||1||0||1||0||1||0||1||0||0||0.046||9||PH|
|16||Gene Woodling||1952-10-01||WS||1||NYY||BRO||L 2-4||1||1||1||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0.121||9||PH|
Brendan Harris entered his game as a pinch-hitter in the 6th and indeed tripled immediately, driving in the first run of the game. This was the game that later featured a 2-run HR by A-Rod in the bottom of the 9th and a walk-off homer by Mark Teixeira in the 11th.
Lenny Dykstra also tripled in his first PA, coming in the top of the 9th of his game. The Mets rallied for 3 runs that inning, sending the game to extra innings. Many of you will remember this epic playoff game that went 16 innings in the end.
Notice that as rare an event as a post-season pinch-hit triple is, it still happened twice in the same game when speedsters Tom Goodwin and Doug Glanville both did it for the Cubs in 2003 against the Marlins. That was Game 3 of the NLCS, a few games before Steve Bartman became famous.
Of the 6 pinch-hit triples to come in the World Series, Aaron Rowand's this year was the first time it actually helped the team win the game. All of the previous ones came in losses.
Thanks to reader Kahuna Tuna for emailing me the post idea and most of the analysis too.
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