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Padres’ Rene Rivera delivers the first three-run single in six years

Jul 2, 2014, 6:08 PM EDT

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A true rarity proved to be the difference in Wednesday’s matinee between the Reds and Padres. With two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the first, Rene Rivera hit a liner to center that Billy Hamilton got his glove on, but couldn’t haul in. All three runners came around to score, but Rivera got only as far as first on the play, setting up the highly unusual three-run single.

You can see the video here.

According to Baseball-reference’s Play Index, it was the first three-run single since Magglio Ordonez had one for the Tigers in a 17-4 win over the Rangers on Sept. 17, 2008.

Rivera’s hit ended up providing the only scoring on the day, as the Padres went on to win 3-0 and complete their first three-game sweep of the season. Tyson Ross went the distance for San Diego, striking out nine in a three-hitter. It made a hard-luck loser out of Johnny Cueto, who hurled a three-hit shutout of his own last time he faced the Padres on May 15. He’s now 8-6 with a league-best 1.99 ERA on the season.

  1. musketmaniac - Jul 2, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    That just doesn’t seem right.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:22 PM

      Man, you have to be slow, a bad baserunner or a mix of both, not to take second on that play.

    • roundballsquarebox24 - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:33 PM

      Yeah, that should be a for-sure double, unless there’s something I’m missing. They even put the baserunner on 2nd on the screen assuming it was a double then moved it back to 1st..

      • gloccamorra - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:39 PM

        Rene Rivera is a catcher and runs like one. He’s 5’10” and about 215-220. The three runners on base are all relatively quick, and there were 2 outs so they were running. Rivera’s hit was to the right field side of center that Hamilton dived for and didn’t quite keep in his glove. Hamilton tried twice to grab the ball and it squirted away. The only place there was a play was at second, and Rivera, the short, stocky catcher, thought better of trying for it.

  2. lalocrawford503 - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    Baseball Reference has got this one wrong, Yoenis Cespedes did a little less than 2 years ago, here’s a link to a Yahoo recap of the game,–mlb.html, I watched that game and vividly remember the single, he was coming off the DL for a hamstring issue which was why it was only a single and not more

  3. dcarroll73 - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    I remember John Blanchard (third string catcher for the Yanks, but hey, the other two were Yogi and Elston) once blasting a ball out into the monuments. That was in-play at the time, and what was it over 400 feet? The outfielder made a great play on it and fired the ball in to hold him to a single (he was extremely SLOW.) Anyone remember the play? If there had been bases loaded (not an unusual event for the Yanks in those years) I have no doubt 3 runs would have scored.

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