Saturday, September 7, 2013

September 7, 1993: Hard Hittin Mark Whiten Hits 4 Bombs In Cincy

On September 7, 1993, in the second game of a doubleheader at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, Hard Hittin Mark Whiten hit four home runs in a 15-2 beatdown of the Reds. The first game was a hard one to swallow, but it was a wild one. The two teams used a record 15 pitchers and 98 batters saw 350 pitches. There were 5 blown leads, 27 runs, 36 hits, and 13 walks scattered throughout. The seesaw battle went to the Reds by the score of 14-13 after Whiten mishandled a ball in right in the bottom of the ninth to give the Reds the lead. Whiten did score a run and pick up an rbi in that contest despite the fact he didn't get a hit. The Cardinals slugger who started the day off with 18 home runs would shake off  the last game in grand fashion, he started the first game off with a grand salami off of Larry Luebbers. After the first tilt no lead seemed safe and the Reds came back with two runs of their own in the bottom of the first off of Cardinals starter Bob Tewksbury. Tewks locked in after the rough inning and was lights out as he went the distance for the Whiten powered Redbirds. Whiten struck again in the sixth with his second home run of game, it was a 3 run bomb off of Reds rookie Mark Anderson who Whiten victimized in the seventh with his third bomb which was another 3 run shot. The historic fourth blast came in the ninth off of Rob Dibble, it was a two run shot deep to center that put Whiten in a very elite club as he was just the 12th man to hit four bombs in one game. At the end of the second game, Whiten had not only hit the four blasts, he had knocked in 12 RBIs which tied a 69 year old record set by another Cardinal Jim Bottomley who set the record in 1924. Whiten finished the day with 13 RBIs after picking one up one in the first game despite the fact that he went 0 for 4, the 13 ribbies tied the record for most RBIs in a doubleheader.  To date, Whiten is the only member of the St. Louis Cardinals to hit four blasts in one game.

Check out the box scores
The first crazy game:
The Whiten 4 Bomb Game:

MLB Network did a great piece on Whiten's 4 home run game, you can watch it here:

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