After struggling for the first part of the season, the Cleveland Indians have been one of the hotter teams in baseball for the past few weeks. Cleveland went on an offensive onslaught Monday night to defeat the Texas Rangers in Arlington by a final score of 17-7. The Indians also had a total of 18 hits in the ball game. They got a lot of production from nearly everyone in their lineup, but one player in particular that had a game for the ages was third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall.
Chisenhall, who batted fifth in the Cleveland lineup, went 5-5, with three home runs, and nine RBI's. This marked the first time that any player went 5-5 with three homers and nine RBI, since the RBI became an actual statistic back in 1920. Chisenhall is the one of just four players, and the first since Fred Lynn in 1975 to record at least five hits, nine RBI, and three home runs in a single game.
There has also been just one other nine-RBI game in Cleveland Indians history, when Chris James had nine RBIs back on May 4, 1991. Chisenhall not only tied the Indians franchise record for RBIs in a single game, but it was also just his second multi-homer game of his career, as he finished a combined 10-17 with four home runs and 13 RBI's in the road trip to Texas that resulted in Cleveland's first road winning streak of the 2014 season.
The other players that have had five hits, three home runs, and nine RBIs since 1920 were, Gil Hodges for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1950, and Walker Cooper for Cincinnati in 1949. Chisenhall's offensive outburst was the first with at least three homers and nine RBIs in the majors since Alex Rodriguez had three home runs and 10 RBIs against the Los Angeles Angels on April 26, 2005, when he was a member of the New York Yankees.
The Indians are trying to keep pace with the American League Central division leading Detroit Tigers. Cleveland is currently two games over the .500 mark and have an overall record of 33-31.
Chisenhall is putting together a solid year in the middle of the Cleveland lineup. After Monday's game, Chisenhall now has a .385 batting average, which is a team best, to go along with seven home runs and 32 RBIs. Chisenhall has been a huge surprise so far this season, and the Indians hope to continue getting more good play out of him after his epic night.