Ethier 61st Dodger to Collect Five Hits

Andre Ethier became the 61st Dodger to collect five or more hits in a game when he helped dismantle the Angeles Friday night by a 16-3 score. His five hits included a home run and three RBI and boosted his batting average from .222 to .317.

Ethier, who hit his second home run, had a chance for a rare sixth hit game when he came up in the eighth inning, but he flied out to center field. It was scored as a sacrifice fly when J.D. Drew scored from third base.

Ethier's five hits were the most for a Dodger since Oscar Robles' five against the Rockies in Colorado last July 5. Ethier entered the game with a .222 batting average and left with a .317 average.

He singled in the second and scored the Dodgers' first run of the game; singled in the fourth and scored the go-ahead run; singled in the fifth and sixth innings before slugging a home run to left-center in the seventh inning and added a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

The Dodgers had a Los Angeles-record 25 hits, three less than the franchise mark of 28 by a pair of Brooklyn teams. The previous L.A. record was 24, accomplished twice -- in Phoenix against the Diamondbacks on Sept. 2, 2002, and against the Cubs at Dodger Stadium on August 20, 1974.

Six Hits
Shawn Green's six-hit on May 23, 2002, was the eighth time the Dodgers franchise enjoyed such a remarkable performance and he joined Paul Lo Duca and Willie Davis as members of the Los Angeles club on the list. George Cutshaw, Jack Fournier, John DeBerry and Walter Gilbert each collected six hits during the team's tenure in Brooklyn.
  Members of the six-hit club:
6-for-6 —George Cutshaw, Aug. 9, 1915
6-for-6 —Jack Fournier, June 29, 1923
6-for-7—John DeBerry, June 23, 1929*
6-for-7—Wally Gilbert, May 30, 1931
6-for-6—Cookie Lavagetto, Sept. 23, 1939
6-for-9—Willie Davis, May 24, 1973**
6-for-6—Paul LoDuca, May 29, 2001***
6-for-6—Shawn Green, May 23, 2002
  *—14 innings; **—19 innings; ***—11 innings.
Six hits in a game is almost three times as rare than a no-hitter, since only eight players have accomplished the feat since 1890, while 20 no-hitters have been crafted by Brooklyn/Los Angeles hurlers, ten in each city.

Green also became the 14th major-leaguer to hit four homers in a game and set a major-league record with 19 total bases in a 16-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers in front of 26,728 appreciative fans at Miller Park.

Green, who also doubled and singled, tied a major-league record with four homers and five extra-base hits, and tied a modern baseball record (post-1900) with six runs scored.

Green also broke Joe Adcock's total-base record of 18, set for the Milwaukee Braves on July 31, 1954 against the Brooklyn Dodgers in Ebbets Field.

Hodges four HR game
Gil Hodges was the only other Dodger to hit four home runs in a nine inning game on August 31, 1950 in Ebbets Field. The Dodgers crushed the Boston Braves 19-3 in the contest.

Hodges stroked his first home run off Warren Spahn in the second inning. The second was off Norman Roy in the third and # 3 came off Bob Hall in the sixth. The record fourth home run was hit into the upper deck in left field and came off Johnny Antonelli in the eighth.

Exclusive company
Ethier became the 62nd Dodger to collect five or more hits in a game, but among them they accounted for 89 such performances. Maury Wills holds the record, collecting five hits on five different occasions with 12 years between the first and the last.

Zach Wheat and Steve Garvey turned the trick four times, Ron Cey and Dusty Baker three.

Willie Keeler collected three five-hit games in 1901. Tom Daly collected five hits twice in 1901, Zach Wheat two in 1924, Babe Herman two in 1930 and Willie Davis had two such games in 1971.

Five times teammates had five hit games in the same contest. The first was Wheat and Bill Davidson in 1910. Jim Hickman and Hi Myers had five each in a 22-inning game in 1917. Jim Bucher and Babe Phelps hit the jackpot at the same time in 1937. Maury Wills and Bob Lillis had 10 hits between them in 1960 and Mickey Hatcher and Steve Sax had five hits in 1988. Strangely enough, despite the heroics the Dodgers lost the 1910, 1937 and 1960 games.

Extra trips to the plate
Hi Myers needed 10 at bats to get his five hits in 1917. Jim Hickman (1917), Willie Davis (1973) and Lenny Harris had nine official trips to the plate.

And it helps when your team rolls up a big score. Babe Herman had five hits in a 20-16 win over the Phillies in 1929. Hodges six hits came in a 19-3 thrashing of Boston in 1950 and Tom Kinslow (1891), Wally Gilbert and Dave Lopes had big games while the Dodgers scored 18 runs.

On the flip side of that coin, Lenny Harris was 5-for-9 in a 22-inning, 1-0 win in Montreal in 1989. Raul Mondesi collected five in 1998 but the Dodgers lost 3-2 in 13 to Milwaukee. And Maury Wills (1965), Willie Davis (1973) and Ken Landreaux (1983) all had their big performances while their teams scored three runs and lost each time.

May and June seem to be the best months to collected five+ hits. Twenty one such games came in June and 19 in May. The five hit list:

Five (1) - Maury Wills (1959, 1960, 1961, 1965, 1970).

Four each (2) - Zach Wheat (1910, 2-1924, 1925); Steve Garvey (1974, 1975, 1977, 1978).

Three each (5) - Willie Keeler (3-1901); Babe Herman (1929, 2-1930); Willie Davis (1962, 1966, 2-1971); Ron Cey (1976, 1977, 1981); Brett Butler (1991, 1994, 1997).

Two each (8) - Tom Daly (1901); Tommy Griffith (1919-1921); Jimmy Johnston (1922, 1923); Gil Hodges (1949, 1950); Jackie Robinson (1950, 1951); Duke Snider (1950, 1952); Tommy Davis (1962, 1966); Dusty Baker (1978-1982).

One each (45) - Al Bissonette (1930); Jim Bucher (1937); Oyster Burns (1890); Dolph Camilli (1941); Roger Cedeño (1981); Gino Cimoli (1957); George Cutshaw (1915); Bill Davidson (1910); Hank DeBerry (1929): Andre Ethier (2006); Jake Fournier (1923); John Frederick (1932); Carl Furillo (1954); Wally Gilbert (1931); Tom Goodwin (2001); Mark Grudzielanek (1999); Pedro Guerrero (1984); Lenny Harris (1989); Mickey Hatcher (1988); Billy Herman (1941); Jim Hickman (1917); Tom Kinslow (1891); Ed Konetchy (1919); Ken Landreaux (1983); Cookie Lavagetto (1939); Phil Lewis (1907); Bob Lillis (1960); Dave Lopes (1974); Candy Maldonado (1985); Mike Marshall (1984); Raul Mondesi (1998); Manny Mota (1973); Hi Myers (1917); Charlie Neal (1959); Lefty O'Doul (1933); Mickey Owen (1977); Babe Phelps (1937); Pee Wee Reese (1952); Pete Reiser (1942); Oscar Robles (2005); Steve Sax (1988); Shawn Green (2002); Joe Stripp (1933); Dixie Walker (1941); Don Zimmer (1957).