Ben Zobrist has hit a slew of doubles in his career. His 36 for the Royals and A’s this season gave him 265 for his career. But only one time in his 10 seasons had he hit three in a game.
It happened again on Tuesday, in the Royals’ 11-8 Game 3 loss to the Blue Jays.
Zobrist doubled in the third, fifth and ninth innings and became the first Royal to hit three doubles in a postseason game.
He’s only the fifth player to hit three doubles and score three runs in a postgame game. The last was Albert Pujols for the Cardinals against the Brewers in the 2011 NLCS. Nobody in the American League had accomplished the feat since Hank Greenberg for the Tigers in the 1945 World Series.
Another distinction: The Royals became the first major-league team with their first two hitters each producing at least three hits and scoring three runs in a postseason game. Alcides Escobar had four hits on Monday.
When Escboar led off Monday’s game with a triple, he became fourth major-leaguer to lead off the first three games of a series with a base hit. The last to do it was the Yankees’ Hank Bauer in 1958. Escobar became the first to lead off with a hit in the first four games on Tuesday when he reached on an infield single and scored on Zobrist’s homer.