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Three-homer club doubles in size on wild Sunday
01/14/2018 8:04 PM ET
Canberra outfielder Buddy Reed went 5-for-6 with three home runs on Sunday (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Canberra outfielder Buddy Reed went 5-for-6 with three home runs on Sunday (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA (Ben Southall)

Buddy Reed started it, Connor MacDonald finished it and Donald Lutz joined the three home run party in between on a crazy day of ABL action on Sunday.

The trio all homered three times, doubling in size the ABL three-homer game club in the space of less than nine hours, as a mammoth 85 runs were scored across three games.

Here are some of the notable facts and figures to know from Sunday's action:

  • Buddy Reed (Canberra), Donald Lutz (Brisbane) and Connor MacDonald (Sydney) all enjoyed three-homer games in a wild day of ABL action. The trio joined Mitch Dening, Ryan Miller and David Sutherland as the only batters in ABL history to go deep three times in a game. Of the group, Dening is the only player with multiple three-homer games. He has two three-homer regular season games for Adelaide, both against Brisbane at Holloway Field.
  • Reed - in his final appearance for the Cavs before returning home - went 5-for-6 with three home runs and four RBIs as Canberra demolished Adelaide. The San Diego Padres' prospect took Bite starter Nick Hutchings deep in the first and second inning before singling in the fourth. He then joined Ryan Miller as the only Cavs' hitters with three-homer games when he took Chris Powell deep to start the fifth.
  • Reed's five-hit game was the 15th in league history and sixth by a Cav. The 22-year-outfielder finished his stint in the ABL on a tear, hitting .373 (19-for-51) with nine home runs across his final 10 games. Overall, he averaged .326 with 10 home runs and 21 RBI. Prior to the ABL season, Reed had hit six home runs in 139 minor league games.
  • Lutz moved out in front in the ABL home run race, hitting his 11th, 12th and 13th bomb in Brisbane's 15-8 win over Melbourne at Holloway Field. The utility joined David Sutherland as the only Bandits to hit three home runs in a game. Lutz took former big leaguer Mark Hamburger long in the first and third before adding a third in the ninth. Lutz took his ABL career tally to 27 home runs with the performance.

  • Connor MacDonald completed a wild day of ABL action, producing the seventh three home run game in the league's eight-year history against Perth at Perth Harley-Davidson Ballpark. The infielder became the first Sydney hitter to blast three homers in a game after going deep in three of his first four plate appearances. MacDonald homered twice off Heat starter Adam Millson and added his third off reliever Daniel Schmidt as the Sox topped Perth 22-19.

  • Blue Sox veteran Trent D'Antonio also had a big day, going 5-for-6 with a double. D'Antonio, who racked up his 250th hit on Saturday night, recorded the second five-hit game of his ABL career. The 32-year-old is the only player in league history with multiple five-hit games after also picking up five for Sydney against Canberra on the road in January 2013.
  • The 41 combined runs scored in Sydney's 22-19 win over Perth at Perth Harley-Davidson Ballpark were the second most in the ballpark's history. Only the 42 runs scored in the Heat's record-breaking 32-10 win over Canberra on New Year's Eve bettered the mark set in yesterday's contest. The Sox 22 runs were also a franchise record, eclipsing the 16 runs Sydney scored against Melbourne at Blacktown on January 8, 2015.

David Penrose is a journalist for Follow him on Twitter @David_Penrose This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.