Cubs’ Almora Provides Spark Off The Bench

In the Chicago Cubs’ 17-5 win over the New York Mets on Wednesday night, outfi elder Albert Almora entered the game as a pinch-hitter for the Cubs in the bottom of the seventh inning and hit a three-run home run. After remaining in the game, Almora came to bat once again in the bottom of the eighth inning and collected a bases-clearing triple to plate three more runs.

Almora became just the 12th player since RBI became an offi cial statistic in 1920 to collect six RBI in a game that he did not start, and just the fi rst since 2005, when Toronto’s Reed Johnson accomplished the feat in a 15-2 win over Boston (full list below). In addition, Elias notes that there have been over 2,000 six-RBI games produced in the Major Leagues since 1920, but there have been only two other instances of a player driving in six runs while only having two plate appearances in the game — Detroit’s Babe Birrer against Baltimore on July 19, 1955 and San Diego’s Archi Cianfrocco against Atlanta on July 21, 1995.

With a triple and a homer in last night’s contest, Almora joined Chris Taylor of the Los Angeles Dodgers as the second player this season to collect a triple and a home run in a game off the bench. This season is just the third time since at least 1913 in which two diff erent players accomplished this feat in a single game.

In 2011, Toronto’s Dewayne Wise and San Diego’s Cameron Maybin turned the trick, while Montreal’s Adolfo Phillips and Philadelphia’s Dave Watkins accomplished the feat in 1969.