Cleveland Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall had a career night tonight as the Indians clobbered the Texas Rangers by the score of 17-7. Looks like a football score, but I can assure you, it is not.
Chisenhall had five hits, including three home runs and nine RBIs. That gives him an eye-popping 22 RBIs in the last ten games!
Chisenhall became just the fourth player since 1920 to accomplish this feat. And we only say 1920 because that is when RBI became an official stat. The others? Fred Lynn in 1975, Gil Hodges in 1950, and Walker Cooper in 1949.
Lonnie was the first to do it with a perfect night, going 5-5 at the plate.
Chisenhall’s night started innocently enough with an RBI single in the first inning. He then added two run home runs in the second and the fourth. He had an RBI double in the sixth, then the nightcap, a three run bomb in the eighth inning.
He was the first Cleveland Indian with 9 RBIs in a game since Chris James did it against the Oakland Athletics in 1991.
To put this feat into perspective, the San Diego Padres have only ten RBIs in the last nine games!
Twitter is abuzz with vote for Lonnie tweets to get him into the All Star Game. Chisenhall is now hitting .385 with seven homers and 32 RBIs on the season. Those look like all-star worthy numbers to me!