Padres walkoff to victory

The most interesting part of this game between two uninteresting teams is not that the Padres defeated the Marlins, 5-4. It’s not that Heath Bell blew the save by allowing a homer to former Padre Mike Cameron with two outs in the 9th and then went on to pick up the vulture win.

It’s not even the fact that the Padres retired Trevor Hoffman‘s number. Hoff is baseball’s all-time saves leader with 601, he had 552 saves wearing a San Diego uni. The most interesting thing isn’t even the fact that the Padres swept the seven-game season series from the Fish.

To me the most interesting thing was that the rally began when Nick Hundley tripled. It  was the fourth triple in the last six games for Hundley, the Padres’ catcher who now has five three-baggers on the season. There are only 37 big leaguers who have at least five triples this season and Hundley is the only catcher.

Throughout baseball history only 340 catchers have had five or more triples in a season. Here are the catchers with 10+ in a season:

Rk Player 3B Year Tm Lg
1 Tim McCarver 13 1966 STL NL
2 Johnny Kling 13 1903 CHC NL
3 Mickey Cochrane 12 1928 PHA AL
4 Eddie Ainsmith 12 1919 DET AL
5 Ted Easterly 12 1914 KCP FL
6 Cliff Bolton 11 1935 WSH AL
7 Ivey Wingo 11 1917 CIN NL
8 Ivey Wingo 11 1916 CIN NL
9 Mike Grady 11 1904 STL NL
10 Darrell Porter 10 1979 KCR AL
11 Yogi Berra 10 1948 NYY AL
12 Al Todd 10 1937 PIT NL
13 Bill Dickey 10 1931 NYY AL
14 Bubbles Hargrave 10 1924 CIN NL
15 Bubbles Hargrave 10 1922 CIN NL
16 Ted Easterly 10 1909 CLE AL
17 Lou Criger 10 1903 BOS AL
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Generated 8/22/2011.