Geovany Soto and his Platinum Sombrero

I had to look it up. I knew that 4 strikeouts in one game earned one a "Golden Sombrero," but what about 5? In last night's 7-0 drubbing of the Nats, the Cubs first shutout of the year and an otherwise good time, Cubs catcher Geo Soto struck out 5 times in 5 ABs. That, folks, gets you a "Platinum Sombrero." The feat can also be dubbed the "Olympic Rings." And in case you're as curious as I am, striking out 6 times, a feat that has only been accomplished in extra innings games, is known as a "Horn," after Sam Horn, or the "Titanium Sombrero." God, I love baseball.

Geo is doing his best to make these Nat pitchers look decent. In his last 8, count 'em, 8 official ABs, Geo has Ked all 8 times. (He does have one BB to break that up, but BBs don't count as official ABs). I tried, and failed, to find the MLB record for most consecutive ABs or PAs where a batter struck out, but didn't have any luck. Let me know if you do. But I can tell you that Geo is in rare company with his Platinum Sombrero night. Geo is only the 48th player to accomplish 5 Ks in a single game. Only 7 batters have the distinction of the 6 K game.

I don't think anything is wrong with Geo-he's just going through a rough patch where he can't seem to make contact. Soto will likely get the day off in today's day game following the night game, and the Cubs are off on Monday, so hopefully Geo can get some extra time in the cage and be ready to go Tuesday night against the Brew Crew.

UPDATE April 28th: The Chicago media is finally catching up after Towel Drills scooped the Cubs' beat writers on the significance of Geovany Soto's "Platinum Sombrero" and 8 consecutive ABs with a K yesterday. The Muskrat gets on board here. And G-Dub has one up in the Sun-Times this morning that contains the quote below, which all but answers the question we posed yesterday:
"It was not immediately known what the record is for most consecutive at-bats by a non-pitcher with a strikeout. But Cubs pitcher Bill Hands once struck out 14 straight at-bats in 1968, one short of the major-league record held by pitchers Juan Eichelberger (1980) and Mike Thurman (1998)."
Yeah, those guys are pitchers, but 15 Ks in a row is still ridiculous isn't it?

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