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Kelly Shoppach of Pawtucket tied an IL record with two home runs in one inning in 2005. (Victoria Arocho/AP)
Sunday, April 23, 1933
Curtis Davis, a pitcher for the San Francisco Seals, endured a busy afternoon on the mound, notching 11 assists against the Oakland Oaks to claim a share of the PCL record. A two-time National League All-Star, Davis would win 158 games during a 13-year Major League career with the Phillies, Cubs, Cardinals and Brooklyn Dodgers.
Saturday, April 23, 2005
Pawtucket Red Sox catcher Kelly Shoppach tied an International League record when he blasted two home runs in one inning in a game. After the Buffalo Bisons jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, Pawtucket bounced back in a big way in the top of the second, thanks in large part to Shoppach, who hit the first pitch of the inning over the wall in right-center field off of Buffalo's Jeremy Guthrie, making it 4-1.

After three hits, two walks, a hit-batsman and two strikeouts, Shoppach returned to the plate with two on and two out. Once again Shoppach deposited a Guthrie offering beyond the wall in right-center. His second blast of the inning gave Pawtucket an 8-4 lead, and finally chased Guthrie from the game.

The PawSox would go on to win, 14-5. Shoppach became just the second player in franchise history to club two homers in one inning (Dwayne Hosey, Aug. 10, 1996). Billy Bottenus was the first in the IL to smack two in a frame on July 25, 1893. Steve Balboni pulled off the feat in both 1981 (July 6) and 1982 (June 28). Shoppach hit 26 long balls in 2005 and collected 75 RBIs to make his second straight IL Postseason All-Star Team. More >