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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Daniel Murphy is 75 % to consecutive game homer record of Long, Mattingly, Griffey, Jr.

Yesterday Daniel Murphy amazingly homered in his sixth consecutive tournament game, setting a record.  He has done this against some top pitchers: Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, Kyle Hendricks and Fernando Rodney.
Dale Long, Baseball Digest, front cover, August 1956  [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
The record for homering in consecutive games overall is eight games:
Dale Long Pittsburgh Pirates May 19-28,1956
Don Mattingly New York Yankees July 8-18, 1987; 10 homers in 8 games
Ken Griffey, Jr. Seattle Mariners July 20-28, 1993

Mattingly was not a home run hitter but he has another record: most bases loaded (four run) home runs in one season: six, which oddly, are the only grand slams in Mattingly's career.  In 1987 Mattingly hit grand slams May 14, June 29, July 10, 16, Sept. 25, 29.  Travis Hafner in 2006 also hit six grand slams.

Daniel Murphy meet Lou Gehrig. Wednesday, October 21, 2015

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