The Venezuelan outfielder of the Chicago Cubs Rafael “Balita” Ortega connected three home runs on the day corresponding to the MLB.
On Sunday the Chicago team was measured Cubs and the Washington Nationals, where the Venezuelan made history Rafael Ortega hitting three home runs.
At the top of the first inning Ortega hit the first bombshell that shot through right field to put the Cubs up 1-0.
At the top of the sixth inning, the Nationals won 4-1 and with a runner on board, Rafael hit the second homer of the day that went through right field, to place the score 4-3 in favor of the capital.
In the bottom of the eighth inning with the Nations leading 5-3 and with a running back on board, Balita hit the third hit of the game that came out of right field, to equalize the actions 5-5.
Although the Cubs finally fell to the Nationals 6-5, Ortega with 4 hits, including his three homers, drove in 5 runs with 3 runs scored.
According to information provided by Antonio José Torres, Balita Ortega became the 11th Venezuelan to hit three home runs in a challenge and joined the following group:
- Victor Martinez (2 times)
- Richard Hidalgo
- Pablo Sandoval
- Miguel Cabrera (2 times)
- Celestino Lopez
- Eugenio Suarez
- Edgardo Alfonzo
- Dioner Navarro
- Carlos Gonzalez (2)
- Andrés Galarraga.
Secondly, Raphael joined a group of players with a 3 HR game before hitting 10 lifetime home runs, where his team lost that game: Rafael Ortega (today), Seby Zavala, (yesterday), Tuffy Rhodes in 1994 Frank Shugart in 1894 Jack Manning in 1884.
Players with a 3-HR game before hitting 10 career home runs, AND their team lost that game:
Rafael Ortega, today
Seby Zavala, yesterday
Tuffy Rhodes in 1994
Frank Shugart in 1894
Jack Manning in 1884
– Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) August 1, 2021