I was really hoping to go to Camden Yards today. My school work this weekend was on the lull side and I didn’t have a lot to get ready for regarding Monday. Unfortunately the one thing I didn’t forsee was myself getting sick this weekend. To be fair, I probably helped my sickness get the better of me after running a 5K race on Saturday. But that’s beside the point; my health was poor and I couldn’t go to the game.
So Bill made the trip alone to Camden Yards to see the Orioles take on his Boston Red Sox. As Bill states in his writeup, he makes it a priority to see the Red Sox play in a game every single season. It seems rather odd for someone who grew up on Long Island, NY to be a diehard Red Sox fan, but weirder things have happened in the baseball world. The game itself was pretty onesided. Boston hit several home runs in the first inning to make the score 4-0 before Baltimore even had a chance to come to bat. Boston’s starting pitcher, Eduardo Rodriguez, threw six innings of one-hit ball and the bullpen mostly held it together (the Orioles managed two runs in the 8th and 9th innings) to give the Red Sox a 6-2 win over Baltimore.
One thing that stood out to me from the boxscore was the batting line for the Red Sox leftfielder, Andrew Bentinendi.
This translates to that Benintendi got a hit in all five at bats he had; a “5-5” line. That alone is cool, but not as rare as Holliday earlier is season going “0-0 with 5 walks”. But that wasn’t it. It turns out all of these hits were singles.
- 1st inning: Benintendi singles to right field (line drive)
- 2nd inning: Benintendi singles to second baseman Schoop (I assume that was an infield hit)
- 4th inning: Benintendi singles to left field (flyball) — advanced to second on throwing error by Orioles left fielder Craig Gentry
- 6th inning: Benintendi singles to right field (line drive) — thrown out trying to advance to second base. But since he already reached first base, this counts as a single.
- 9th inning: Benintendi singles to center field (ground ball)
While going 5-5, all singles, is noteworthy, it still isn’t that uncommon. But what I am trying to get here is that Benintendi is one of the youngest players to do it in the Majors. Only 22 years old, Benintendi is regarded as not only the Red Sox’s best prospect, but also the best prospect in all of baseball (he has some speed and he can it). Seeing that he was only 22 years old, I went onto Baseball-Reference’s PlayIndex to see how many players have gone 5-5, all singles in exactly 5 plate appearances, at a younger age than Benintendi. Their answer? Since 1913, Benintendi is the 16th youngest player to go 5-5, all singles, in exactly 5 plate apperances.
|1||Ken Hubbs||20.148||May 20, 1962||Chicago Cubs||Philadelphia Phillies|
|2||Freddie Lindstrom||20.175||May 15, 1926||New York Giants||Cincinnati Reds|
|3||Jack Heidemann||20.352||June 28, 1970||Cleveland Indians||Detroit Tigers|
|4||Dib Williams||21.239||September 15, 1931||Philadelphia Athletics||Cleveland Indains|
|5||Rabbit Maranville||21.243||July 12, 1913||Boston Braves||Pittsburgh Pirates|
|6||Dick Groat||21.265||July 26, 1952||Pittsburgh Pirates||Boston Braves|
|7||Roger Cedeno||21.289||May 31, 1996||Los Angeles Dodgers||New York Mets|
|8||Frank Robinson||21.294||June 21, 1957||Cincinnati Reds||Pittsburgh Pirates|
|9||Goose Goslin||21.330||September 11, 1922||Washington Senators||Boston Red Sox|
|10||Milt May||21.341||July 7, 1972||Pittsburgh Pirates||Atlanta Braves|
|11||Greg Gross||22.004||August 5, 1974||Houston Astros||San Francisco Giants|
|12||Sonny Jackson||22.069||September 16, 1966||Houston Astros||Philadelphia Phillies|
|13||Hank Johnson||22.072||August 1, 1928||New York Yankees||St. Louis Browns|
|14||Tito Fuentes||22.124||May 8, 1966||San Francisco Giants||St. Louis Cardinals|
|15||Mark Koenig||22.268||April 13, 1927||New York Yankees||Philadelphia Athletics|
|16||Andrew Benintendi||22.291||April 23, 2017||Boston Red Sox||Baltimore Orioles|
Here is a complete list (hopefully you can read it). To be honest, this number is a little bit higher than I was expecting. Some fun facts:
Sonny JacksonHank Johnson is actually a pitcher (thanks Bill for correcting me here)
- Rabbit Maranville would do it three more times in his career. In fact, he is the 5th oldest player to achieve this statline as well (age 39.311 on September 18, 1931).
- Other players who would do this again in their career include Goose Goslin and Roger Cedeno.
- Benintendi’s teammate Mookie Betts also achieved this feat least year at the age 23.324 (on August 26 2016 against the Kansas City Royals). He is now the 33rd youngest player to achieve this statline.
One final question you may be wondering about is “How many on this list are in the Hall of Fame”? I’ll do a little more than that. I’ll try to “break down” the classes of ball players on this last
- Hall of Fame: Lindstrom, Maranville, Robinson, Goslin
- Hall of “Very Good”: Groat
- Average Player: Cedeno, May, Gross, Fuentes, Koening
- Below Average Player: Williams, Jackson, Johnson
- This is their only memorable thing: Heidemann
- Still Too Early to call: Benintendi
- Tragic Endings: Hubbs (He was killed in a plane crash prior to the 1964 season. He was 22 years old.)