Phillies SS Edmundo Sosa matched a feat last achieved by Honus Wagner in 1910.
Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Edmundo Sosa — who was acquired in late July from the likely National League-champion St. Louis Cardinals for lefty reliever JoJo Romero — not only almost single-handedly propelled his team to a series win over the Miami Marlins, he joined some elite company in the process.
According to Stats By STATS, the four-year veteran is the first shortstop in Major League Baseball to bat a perfect 1.000 with multiple doubles and multiple homers across a two-game stretch since Hall of Fame shortstop Honus Wagner did so more than 112 years ago — August 22, 1910.
Sosa has raised his season slash line from .208/.257/.302 to .232/.282/.372 in the first two games of the current Marlins series — slugging a single, two doubles, two home runs, four RBI, and one walk across six plate appearances. Impressively, the Panama native scored three of the Phillies’ seven runs (and drove home four of them), all the while not striking out.
During Wagner’s impressive two-game stretch more than a century ago, he went 7-for-7 with three doubles and two home runs in a doubleheader against no other than the Phillies at the Baker Bowl.
Wager, of course, is a Hall of Famer and Major League Baseball legend who played 21 seasons from 1897 to 1917 — spending almost the entirety of his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The 1909 World Series champion and eight-time batting title winner ranks 25th all-time in games played, eighth in hits, eighth in singles, 10th in doubles, third in triples, and 10th in stolen bases. Wagner also ranks fourth all-time in putouts among shortstops.
Bryson Stott has been absent from the lineup in recent games, as interim manager Rob Thomson is instead giving playing time to Sosa — who shined in Tuesday’s series opener and followed up with a two-run home run on Wednesday, giving the Phillies a lead they never relinquished.
Keep in mind that Sosa is doing this as the nine-hole hitter in the Phillies lineup. It will be interesting to see if Thomson calls on him again in Thursday’s series finale opposite Cy Young contender Sandy Alcantara (12-7, 2.36 ERA).