The Stat Line Of The Night — 6/22/11 — Chris Heisey
The Cincinnati Reds entered the second game of their double-header last night struggling offensively during their recent homestand. After losing 4-2 earlier in the day to the New York Yankees, they had only managed to score nine runs in their last five games, which all took place at the Great American Ball Park. But something must have happened between their first game of the day and their second, and it was enough to spark a massive offensive outburst.
That outburst was led by a rather unlikely source, as outfielder Chris Heisey recorded three home runs and five RBIs during the Reds 10-2 victory. Heisey entered the game batting .260 on the season, with only five home runs and 23 RBIs, but home runs in the first, fifth and eighth inning helped him up his average to .273, while increasing his home run and RBI totals to 8 and 28, respectively.
With the win, the Reds avoid being swept by the Yankees and gain a game on both the Milwaukee Brewers and the St. Louis Cardinals in the tightly contested NL Central. As for Heisey, he joins the likes of Carlos Beltran, Jose Bautista, Jason Giambi, Corey Hart, Carlos Quentin and Aubrey Huff on the exclusive list of players who have hit three home runs in a single game this season. He also earns our “Stat Line of the Night” for Wednesday, June 22, 2011.