Continuing my theme of all things relatively unimportant about Giants rookie outfielder John Bowker....
Bowker, after homering in his first two major league games, sat out Monday's game against Arizona. But Bowker was back out there today in San Francisco against the DBacks. Bowker didn't homer, but he did triple against Tony Pena.
So Bowker now has an extra base hit in his first three major league games. This is not all that unusual. The last NL player to have extra base hits in his first three major league games was Joel Hanrahan of Washington.
Jason Bay started his career with a streak of four games with extra base hits. The first three were with the Padres on May 23 and 24. Bay played again on May 25 and drew a walk in his only plate appearance to keep his streak going. Then Bay didn't play in the majors again until he surfaced in Pittsburgh on August 27.
The only other career-starting streak of four games with at least one extra base hit that I could find belonged to Coco Laboy of Montreal in 1969.
The major league record for longest streak with at least one extra base hit in a game (at any time in a player's career) is 14 by Paul Waner in 1927 and Chipper Jones in 2006.