Obscure record alert: Rookie shortstop Alcides Escobar hustled his way to the 17th two-triple game in Brewers history on Wednesday night.
The speedy Escobar tripled into the left field corner in the fifth inning and sent another triple to right-center field in the sixth. Both times he trotted the final 90 feet on home runs as the Brewers built a 7-0 lead by the end of their half of the sixth inning.
According to the site baseball-reference.com, Escobar was the first Brewer to hit two triples in a game since Geoff Jenkins on April 6, 2004 against the Cardinals. Fernando Vina, Paul Molitor and Rick Manning had two, two-triple games each. The only other Brewers shortstop to log two triples in a game was Jose Valentin, in game one of a doubleheader on Sept. 29, 1999 against the Pirates.
Other Brewers who tripled twice in the same game: Darryl Hamilton, Tom Brunansky, Franklin Stubbs, Robin Yount, Randy Ready, Ted Simmons, Ben Oglivie and Ted Savage. The first Brewer to triple twice in a game was savage in the team’s inaugural 1970 season in Milwaukee.
Escobar already has three triples this season. The Brewers rookie record for triples is eight, by Bob Coluccio in 1973 and Scott Podsednik in 2003.
More triples trivia, courtesy of baseball-reference.com: Escobar is the second player this season to leg out a pair of triples in one game. Curtis Granderson of the Yankees was the first, on April 15 against the Angels.
ince 1920, the record for triples in a regular season game is three, a mark shared by 28 players including Hall of Famers Ernie Banks, Willie Mays, Roberto ClementeJoe DiMaggio, Charlie Gehringer, Jim Bottomley, Earle Combs and Ross Youngs. The last player to hit three triples in a game was Rafael Furcal, then of the Braves, in April 2002.