Lowe adds name to stolen base chart

Derek Lowe surprised the St. Louis Cardinals and some 45,000+ fans in Busch Stadium when he not only singled home a run but also stole second base in the May 12 contest. The RBI cut the Cardinal lead to 5-3 but the stolen base didn't help as he was stranded on second base in a 10-3 Cardinal win.

However, he became the first Dodger pitcher to steal a base since Darren Dreifort on May 1, 1999 in Philadelphia. Ismael Valdes moved his career total to three earlier in the season, April 18, against the Padres. It was Valdes' third stolen base in the major leagues and he became only the second Los Angeles pitcher to ring up three steals in his career.

Orel Hershiser -- with 5 -- is the only other pitcher on the multi-steal list.

Valdes stole his second major league base against the Phillies on August 24, 1997 and his first steal came on July 26, 1995.

Drew's steal was the 15th by a Dodger pitcher since the club moved to Los Angeles in 1958.

Pete Richert swiped the Los Angeles first in 1964 and Claude Osteen pilfered one in 1966. Jim Brewer and Don Sutton each had a steal in 1970, the only season that two Los Angeles pitchers put their names in the stolen base column, and Rick Honeycutt stole the fifth all-time in 1984.

Hershiser recorded L.A. steals numbers six through ten and is second on the all-time list, trailing only Hall of Famer Burleigh Grimes, who played from 1918-1926 and stole nine during his career with the Dodgers.

Hershiser recorded his first steal in 1986 and he nabbed a pair in 1987 to become the only L.A. pitcher to steal two in one season. His other steals came in 1991 and 1993.

Following Hershiser's five are Joe McGinnity (1900) and Oscar Jones (1903-05) with four each. Eleven pitchers, all from the Brooklyn era, have stolen three or more during their career with the Dodgers.

Records for the early years are somewhat obscure, with pitcher sometimes playing another position between starts. But the following steals are credited to pitchers who played a position so seldom that it can be assumed the steals came while they were working from the mound.

Career totals
9 - Burleigh Grimes
5 - Orel Hershiser
4 - Joe McGinnity
4 - Oscar Jones
Three each—Cy Barger, Darren Dreifort, Jack Dunn, Bill Kennedy, Rube Marquard, Clarence Mitchell, Doc Newton, Jeff Pfeffer, Doc Scanlon, Henry Schmidt, Sherry Smith, Elmer Stricklett, Ismael Valdes.
Two each—Leon Cadore, Larry Cheney, Jack Combs, Joe Hatten, Jim Hughes, Frank Kitson, Vic Lombardi, Max Macon, Don Newcombe, Erv Palica.

Single season totals
4 - Joe McGinnity, 1900
4 - Oscar Jones, 1904
3 - Doc Newton, 1902
3- Henry Schmidt, 1903
3- Clarence Mitchell, 1921
Two each—Larry Cheney, Burleigh Grimes, Orel Hershiser, Bill Kennedy, Frank Kitson, Erv Palica, Jeff Pfeffer, Doc Scanlon, Elmer Stricklett.

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