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Brandon Belt went 0-for-8 with a platinum sombrero

Jul 9, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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Last night the Mets and Giants played 16 innings on the West Coast, which caused me to stay up until 3:00 a.m. and tweet some very stupid things. It also allowed Brandon Belt to get eight at-bats and the Giants first baseman went hitless while striking out five times in the 4-3 loss.

Striking out four times in a game in a “golden sombrero” and I believe striking out five times is a “platinum sombrero.” Of course, striking out five times while going 0-for-8 is a whole different level of misery, so I searched Baseball-Reference.com for all the instances of a player going hitless in at least eight at-bats with at least five strikeouts.

Brandon Belt      07/08/2013
Chris Davis       05/06/2012
Jim Thome         07/02/2004
Cecil Cooper      06/14/1974
Bobby Darwin      05/12/1972
Billy Cowan       07/09/1971
Tony Conigliaro   07/09/1971
Ron Swoboda       04/15/1968
Byron Browne      07/19/1966
Rick Reichardt    05/31/1966

So last night Belt became the 10th player in MLB history to have at least eight hitless at-bats while striking out at least five times in a game, including just the third player to do it since 1975. And there are plenty of very good hitters on that list. Chris Davis is the last guy to do it, about 14 months ago, and he’s currently leading MLB in homers and slugging percentage. And the last guy before him was Jim Thome, who’s headed to the Hall of Fame.

Also of note: Two of the 10 instances came in the same game, back on July 9, 1971, when the A’s beat the Angels 1-0 in 20 innings and Angels teammates Tony Conigliaro and Billy Cowan each went 0-for-8 with five and six strikeouts, respectively. They were hitting third and fourth in the Angels’ lineup, too.

  1. hittfamily - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    They might call it a platinum sombrero, but I bet it feels like a golden shower.

  2. baseballici0us - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    If you look at those two guys you just mentioned, I think this was a sign of good things to come for Belt.

  3. thinkfirstthenspeak - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Chris Davis did it and got the W in that game.

  4. proudlycanadian - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    There are a lot of good hitters on that list.

    • Jeremy Fox - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:49 PM

      Maybe in part because good hitters play in a lot more games, and get to stay in long games without getting substituted. If you suck, you don’t that many opportunities to go 0 for 8.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 9, 2013 at 5:52 PM

        One of the guys on that glorious list, Byron Browne, had another classic 0-for night, but shared it with his teammates. He was in LF for the Cubbies on 9-9-65 when Koufax pitched his perfect game, no-no No. 4.

      • granted42 - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:12 PM

        Or maybe if no one on the bench can do better than 0-8, the manager has no choice but to keep you in the game. But his defense is good. He should have been playing short last night/this morning.

  5. Francisco (FC) - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Last night the Mets and Giants played 16 innings on the West Coast, which caused me to stay up until 3:00 a.m. and tweet some very stupid things.

    You’re just trying to get people to follow you on twitter. :)

  6. kcroyal - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    So if five is a platinum sombrero, Billy Cowan’s six K performance is what? A Rick Perry Sombrero?

    • kcroyal - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:11 AM

      Rhodium sombrero, as it turns out.

    • hittfamily - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:27 AM

      No. 3 would be a Rick Perry sombrero, because he can’t remember what the third one is.

  7. bgrillz - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    That’s a rough night. I am hoping Boch gives him the day off. Shame, because he’s had a pretty good season so far. His average is lower than it should be, but he has come up with some big hits and RBI’s. He’s still young, and didn’t get a lot of PT last season. I think he will be a solid first baseman for them for years to come.

  8. RickyB - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Rob Neyer covered the 5-K games a couple of weeks ago, and he (and I) would like to institute such performances as a Sammy (with a 6-K game being a Horn). http://www.baseballnation.com/2013/6/21/4450534/five-strikeouts-platinum-sombrero-sam-horn-nickname

  9. specialkindofstupid - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    How is Dan Uggla not on this list??

    • bravojawja - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:48 PM

      He probably got pulled for a defensive replacement.

  10. pauleee - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Two of the 10 instances came in the same game, back on July 9, 1971, when the A’s beat the Angels 1-0 in 20 innings and Angels teammates Tony Conigliaro and Billy Cowan each went 0-for-8 with five and six strikeouts, respectively. They were hitting third and fourth in the Angels’ lineup, too.

    You sure that wasn’t 2013? The more things change, the more things stay the same, or something like that.

  11. Bob Timmermann - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Conigliaro quit the Angels and retired from baseball (except for a later short-lived comeback with Boston) right after that game. He told reporters in the wee hours of the morning and then flew out of Oakland. Conigliaro pretty much had a mental breakdown of some kind during the game. Angels manager Lefty Phillips said, before he found out that Conigliaro was in a really bad way, that Conigliaro “belongs in an institution.”

    The 1971 Angels were a seriously messed up team. Everybody hated everybody else. It was very hard to keep track of.

    I was just 5 at the time, but my family would never give me details about what the Angels problems were that year. They didn’t want to scar me I guess.

  12. albertmn - Jul 9, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Wasn’t it two years ago that everyone was complaining about the Giants not playing him more? Looking at his numbers, they have been just okay for a first baseman/corner outfielder. Very little power in 2012 with solid OBP. This year, some more power, but lower BA and OBP and exactly the same OPS as 2012 (as of today). He is only 25, so may improve, but he hasn’t yet proved the Giants wrong for not playing him more two years ago.

  13. 13arod - Jul 9, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    What would they call stricking out 8 times in a game

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 9, 2013 at 5:50 PM

      13, being put on waivers.

  14. scapistron - Jul 9, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    I got distracted a bit here, but the best I can tell Tony C was either released or sent tot he minors after the game too. Talk about a tough day.

  15. candlestickkid - Jul 9, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Belt had a better night than that rookie umpire behind the plate for his first time in the bigs. Strike zone was a joke for both sides all night. Belt seemed to get more than his fair share.

  16. captaincanoe - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    I totally expected to see Adam Dunn on that list. I guess he would have worked a walk in there someplace.

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