Blue Jays' Melky Cabrera Achieves Slew of Rare Feats in 19-Inning Marathon

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Blue Jays' Melky Cabrera Achieves Slew of Rare Feats in 19-Inning Marathon
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Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera had an unusual Sunday, recording five walks and three hits in his team's 19-inning marathon with the Detroit Tigers.

Per MLB Stat of the Day, Cabrera became the first player in major-league history with five walks and three hits in the same game. He also became the 105th player since 1914 to record a five-walk game, as the feat isn't quite as rare as you might expect.

The "Melkman" is the first player since Rod Carew on May 12, 1972 to reach base safely eight times in one game, according to MLB Stat of the Day.

As busy as his day was, Cabrera somehow failed to cross the plate, though he did drive in a lone run with a seventh-inning single, his second hit of the contest.

After Cabrera started the game with just one hit in three-at bats, the RBI single began a stretch of seven consecutive plate appearances in which he reached base. He walked in the ninth inning and singled in the 12th, before drawing walks (two intentional) in each of his final four plate appearances.

Toronto ultimately won 6-5 in 19 innings, thanks to a walk-off RBI single from star outfielder Jose Bautista. The game, which saw each team use eight pitchers, was the longest in the 38-year history of the Blue Jays franchise, per ESPN Stats & Info.

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