June 9, 2014 – Lonnie Chisenhall 15 Total Bases
Rocky Colavito…Luke Easter…Victor Martinez…Joe Carter…Lonnie Chisenhall??
Despite the pantheon of great all-around hitters that came before him, a solid case can be made that Lonnie Chisenhall had the best night of hitting in Tribe history on June 9, 2014.
The Indians were visiting the Rangers and facing Nick Martinez. With one out and runners on second and third in the bottom of the first inning, Chisenhall knocked a line drive single into center field. This pushed Cabrera across the plate and contributed to a three run, two hit inning.
The Rangers got one run back in the bottom of the first, but the Indians offense kept rolling. After a solo home run by George Kottaras and a two RBI single to right by Jason Kipnis, Lonnie launched a powerful line drive that cleared the right field wall for a two run home run.
In the top of the fourth, he sent a towering solo home run into center field, once again scoring Kipnis.
The Rangers scored two in the bottom of the fourth off TJ House to make the score 12-6.
In the top of the 6th Lonnie once again drove a ball to center. This one stayed in the yard, but Michael Brantley was able to score from first.
Finally, in the top of the eighth with runners on first and third Lonnie uncorked a line drive down the right field line. It cleared the wall for his third home run–and ninth RBI of the night.
The final stat line had the Indians on top 17 to 7 with eighteen hits.
He became the fourth player in MLB history with 5 or more hits, 3 HR, and 9 or more RBI in a game. The last to do it was Fred Lynn for the Red Sox in 1975.