CINCINNATI, OH – Joey Votto of Toronto, ON launched three home runs, tying a Canadian record in a 9-0 win by his Cincinnati Reds over the Chicago Cubs.
The Reds first baseman joins Justin Morneau and Larry Walker to become the only Canadians to hit three homers in a Major League game. Morneau accomplished the feat in Chicago on July 6, 2007. Walker turned the trick three times, first in Montreal on April 5, 1997, then on April 28, 1999 in St. Louis and finally in Cleveland on June 25, 2004.
“I’m like a kid,” says Votto in an interview with the Canadian Press. “I thought it was cool.”
“Sometimes you have games like this and you don’t know why things go so well. You kind of go with the flow.”
In total, the Reds hit seven home runs in the game, four of them in the second inning alone against Jon Lieber. Lieber became only the second Cubs pitcher in team history to give up four homers in an inning.
The former Senior National Team member, who never hit more than one homer in a game before this one, got things started in that big second inning. His second dinger came in the fifth off of Sean Marshall and he would complete the trifecta an inning later with a two-run bomb against Sean Gallagher.