So many Fives!

Yesterday, Colby Lewis, who has five letters in his first and last names, became only the fifth pitcher in history to give up five homers as the only (5) hits in a start (see table below).  He did this on the tenth day (2*5) of the fifth month.  For two of the homer-hitters (Nick Markakis and Wilson Betemit), it was their fifth homer of the season.  Furthermore, after Ryan Flaherty homered on Lewis’ second pitch of the game, J.J. Hardy, the second batter of the game, homered on Lewis’ fifth pitch of the game.  The crowd was announced as 19,250 (3,850 * 5).  The loss was the fifth decision of the year for Lewis (3-2).  It was his fifth decision lifetime against the Orioles (1-4) and his fifth appearance at Camden Yards.

[Update: After pitching the seventh inning (which would turn out to be his final inning of the day), Lewis and the Rangers were down five runs (6-1).  He had thrown 75 strikes (15 *5).]

Player Date Tm Opp Rslt IP H HR
Colby Lewis 2012-05-10 (1) TEX BAL L 5-6 7.0 5 5
Ted Lilly 2003-06-11 OAK ATL L 6-11 4.0 5 5
Charlie Hough 1989-06-24 TEX CLE L 3-7 7.2 5 5
Steve Stone 1974-07-09 CHC CIN L 5-8 2.1 5 5
Denny McLain 1971-06-16 WSA OAK L 1-5 3.0 5 5
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/11/2012.

This post was written on the fifth day of the workweek. 🙂

2 thoughts on “So many Fives!

  1. i needed a fifth to go with reading that. fantastic. oh, btw, is it possible to work in the amount of Ks he also got along with giving up the 5 HRs?

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