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Indians rookie Jason Kipnis goes 5-for-5, scores four times

Aug 10, 2011, 10:07 PM EDT

Jason Kipnis AP

Jason Kipnis, who already has a streak of homering in four straight games in his very young career, went 5-for-5 with a homer and four runs scored Wednesday in the Indians’ 10-3 win over the Tigers.  It was his sixth homer in 16 games as a major leaguer.

Kipnis became the first rookie to finish with five hits and four runs scored in a game since Mark Reynolds (May 25) and David Murphy (Aug. 22) both did so in 2007.  Andre Ethier also pulled off the feat on May 19, 2006.  No other active player had such a game as a rookie.

It’s also the earliest in a career that any player has had a 5-for-5 game since Houston’s Josh Anderson had one in his ninth game on Sept. 16, 2007.  Reynolds was in his 10th game when he did it earlier in 2007.  Austin Jackson did it in his 23rd game on April 30, 2010.

Finally, with the homer tonight, Kipnis became the first player to collect six homers in his first 16 games since Chris Davis and Taylor Teagarden did so for the Rangers in 2008.

Kipnis has struck out 20 times already and his defense has looked a little rough at times, but he certainly appears to be here to stay.  The converted outfielder has showed enough promise at second base to remain there for at least the beginning of 2012, and if he needs to move to left field at some point, he’ll likely have the bat to pull it off.

  1. derpdederpdederp - Aug 10, 2011 at 10:12 PM

    wow. this kids unreal

  2. hittfamily - Aug 10, 2011 at 10:38 PM

    Last year Posey won the award after not starting the season in the MLB. Francouer did the same thing a few years ago. What are peoples opinions here as to how many games/AB/innings pitched to be eligible? It won’t happen this year with Pineda, Trumbo, and Hellickson having great years. Kipnis’ and Desmond Jennings’ starts are insanely good. Both will stall a little when pithers make adjustments, but the other day I was thinking what a shame it was Jennings was kept down so long, that he won’t have the opportunity to win the award.

    If Kipnis or Jennings finish the season with some insane numbers, say .900 OPS, 25 stolen bases, 15 home runs in 250 at bats, would they be more deserving of the award than a .775 OPS, 10 SB, 18 HR in 550 AB.?

    Or a pitcher who gets called up tomorrow and post a 1.50 era, 7-1, in 75 IP. Would he be a better choice than Pineda or Hellickson at 13-10 3.30 in 195 innings.

    • brianc6234 - Aug 11, 2011 at 1:07 AM

      If Angels rookie Mark Trumbo keeps hitting like he has been he should win ROY. He’s leading our offense in home runs and RBI. And getting lots of big hits that win games. Kipnis seems to be doing pretty good though. He could add to the ROY battle. I don’t see anyone else doing what Trumbo is doing. I also don’t see hi getting much attention. I guess that’s what happens when you play on the west coast.

      • derpdederpdederp - Aug 11, 2011 at 1:38 AM

        theres something about the name ‘Trumbo’ that indicates power hitter. I assumed he had pop before he even showed it. unless this kid keeps this tear up I like the ROY going to Trumbo

  3. bjones036 - Aug 11, 2011 at 1:15 AM

    Went to the game tonight, kipnis was outstanding. He should see some pitches with astrubel and hafner hitting behind him. All I gotta say is 23,000 and change at the game tonight was pathetic with 1 in 5 being a detroit fan. Come cleveland this was a big series for the tribe

    • browniebuck - Aug 11, 2011 at 7:08 AM

      I was at the game as well…the announced attendance was slightly over 30,000…although once you got bast first and third base, the upper deck was a wasteland.

  4. browniebuck - Aug 11, 2011 at 7:11 AM

    I don’t think that Kipnis’ defense has been that bad…not any worse than Orlando Cabrera was doing, and he has also shown the ability to make some spectacular plays as well. Keep in mind, he has only been playing 2B for a couple seasons now. Give him a little time to get used to the position at the Major League level before you start to call his defense out.

  5. jasmith4545 - Aug 11, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    Im a big Kipnis fan. That is exactly what the Tribe lineup needed was some pop from the right side. His D isn’t bad either. Let’s see what he can do tonite against Verlander.

    • browniebuck - Aug 11, 2011 at 5:39 PM

      ummmmm…Kipnis is a left handed hitter? I agree, the line-up needed some pop…I don’t care if it was from the right or left side of the plate, they simply needed pop!

      • hittfamily - Aug 12, 2011 at 9:23 AM

        I think he was probably talking about the right side of the diamond, not the batters box.

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