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You’d think that relief pitchers don’t homer all that often. Depending on how you define “often”, you might be wrong.

Here are the last 20 times that a relief pitcher has homered in a game:

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt PA HR RBI
1 Gustavo Chacin 2010-05-31 HOU WSN L 4-14 1 1 1
2 Micah Owings 2010-05-07 CIN CHC L 7-14 2 1 2
3 Russ Ortiz 2009-05-19 HOU MIL L 2-4 1 1 1
4 Mark Worrell 2008-06-05 (2) STL WSN L 9-10 1 1 3
5 Carlos Marmol 2006-09-07 CHC PIT L 5-7 1 1 1
6 Jorge Sosa 2006-07-17 ATL STL W 15-3 1 1 1
7 Adam Wainwright 2006-05-24 STL SFG W 10-4 2 1 1
8 Randy Keisler 2005-06-07 CIN TBD W 9-7 3 1 1
9 Brooks Kieschnick 2003-09-12 MIL SFG L 2-8 1 1 1
10 Brooks Kieschnick 2003-08-06 MIL ATL L 2-10 1 1 2
11 Guillermo Mota 2003-07-13 LAD COL W 9-3 1 1 1
12 Brooks Kieschnick 2003-05-12 MIL CHC L 5-11 1 1 2
13 Mike Matthews 2001-08-21 STL CIN W 11-6 1 1 1
14 Omar Olivares 2001-06-29 PIT MON L 3-12 1 1 2
15 Danny Graves 2001-06-21 CIN HOU W 8-7 1 1 2
16 Felipe Lira 2000-07-08 MON TOR L 3-6 1 1 1
17 Gabe White 2000-06-10 COL TEX W 12-6 1 1 1
18 Keith Osik 2000-05-20 PIT STL L 4-19 2 1 2
19 Danny Graves 2000-05-12 CIN HOU W 7-3 1 1 1
20 Guillermo Mota 1999-06-09 MON BOS W 13-1 1 1 3
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Generated 2/23/2012.

As you might expect, a fair number of these were guys brought in early to games, as typical relief appearances rarely result in a plate appearance.

Eagle-eyes readers will pick out the names of Micah Owings and Brooks Kieschnick, both of whom have hit very well for pitchers (or players who pitch, in Kieschnick’s case.)

Neat that Danny Graves appears twice as well.

Going back to 1919, here are the pitchers with the most different games homering as a relief pitcher:

Rk Player #Matching PA HR RBI
1 Mickey McDermott 6 Ind. Games 10 6 7
2 Chad Kimsey 6 Ind. Games 10 6 8
3 Ken Tatum 4 Ind. Games 5 4 6
4 Lou Sleater 4 Ind. Games 6 4 8
5 Dixie Howell 4 Ind. Games 6 5 6
6 Clint Hartung 4 Ind. Games 6 4 6
7 Tommy Byrne 4 Ind. Games 8 4 7
8 Ralph Winegarner 3 Ind. Games 5 3 4
9 Jim Tobin 3 Ind. Games 7 3 6
10 Schoolboy Rowe 3 Ind. Games 4 3 5
11 Don Robinson 3 Ind. Games 3 3 6
12 Lynn Nelson 3 Ind. Games 7 3 8
13 Cal McLish 3 Ind. Games 10 3 6
14 Bob Lemon 3 Ind. Games 5 3 4
15 Brooks Kieschnick 3 Ind. Games 3 3 5
16 Chief Hogsett 3 Ind. Games 4 3 4
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Generated 2/23/2012.

Graves is tied with a bunch of other guys for 2 such games.

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