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Lonnie Chisenhall first since 1975 to amass five hits, three home runs and nine RBI in one game

Jun 9, 2014, 11:31 PM EDT

Lonnie Chisenhall AP AP

The phrase “post-hype breakout” gets thrown around a lot these days, but that’s exactly what we’re seeing right now with the Indians’ Lonnie Chisenhall.

Chisenhall enjoyed a monster game against the Rangers this evening, going 5-for-5 with three home runs and nine RBI as part of a 17-7 victory. He had an RBI single in the first inning, two-run homers in the second and fourth innings, an RBI double in the sixth, and a three-run blast in the eighth.

Chisenhall matched the Indians record with his nine RBI, which was also done by Chris James on May 4, 1991. He’s just the fourth player since 1920 (when MLB began tracking RBI) to amass five hits, three home runs, and nine RBI in one game and the first since Fred Lynn did it with the Red Sox on June 18, 1975. Going even further, Chisenhall is the first player since 1920 to do it while going a perfect 5-for-5.

Once considered a top prospect with the Indians, Chisenhall underwhelmed to the tune of a .244/.284/.411 batting line over his first 203 games in the majors, but something has clicked so far this year. The 25-year-old is batting .385/.429/.615 with seven home runs and 32 RBI through 51 games. He’s proving that patience is required with young players and can sometimes pay off in a big way.

  1. hbdbrowns33 - Jun 9, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Lonnie Baseball may earn a trip to the All Star game if he keeps this up. He has been the hottest hitter in the league over the past few weeks.

  2. phillysports1 - Jun 9, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Should he be an all star ? He leads all AL catchers in RBI’S ,HR’S AND BA.
    ( excuse me if I’m wrong )

    • biasedhomer - Jun 9, 2014 at 11:58 PM

      second baseman*

      • Bryz - Jun 10, 2014 at 12:00 AM

        Third baseman***

    • toodrunktotastethischicken - Jun 9, 2014 at 11:59 PM

      He plays 3B.

      • pjmulloy - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:46 AM

        He plays 1st Base sometimes too.

  3. biasedhomer - Jun 10, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    9 RBIs in one game…to put that into context, the Padres have scored just 10 RBIs in the past 9 games.

  4. phillysports1 - Jun 10, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    Sorry sorry sorry. I take that back; got confuse with Yan Gomes. My apologies -_-

  5. largebill - Jun 10, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    However, he isn’t listed among league batting leader because first month of the season Francona insisted on playing Santana at 3B.

    • stoicpaisano - Jun 10, 2014 at 12:49 AM

      C’mon, Santana is coming off three consecutive years with a 120+ OPS+. He’s struggled so far in 2014 but the best Tribe lineup has spots for both he and Lonnie.

      Of course that’d mean cutting Giambi and asking Brohio to take a cut in ABs.

  6. nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 10, 2014 at 1:19 AM

    Nothing like having a pretty good week in one night!!!

  7. drewzducks - Jun 10, 2014 at 2:22 AM

    And on the tenth day, God gave us Fred Lynn. And he was good, very good.

    • jwbiii - Jun 10, 2014 at 2:49 AM

      That was one awesome game That is how you announce your presence with authority.

      • drewzducks - Jun 10, 2014 at 3:02 AM

        I remember that game like it was yesterday. 17 total bases. Just couldn’t manage the single for the cycle.

  8. pascalswager42 - Jun 10, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    Lonnie Baseball will come back to earth, but until then I’m gonna enjoy the ride! He was so frustrating the last two years…

    The real trick is the musical chairs with DH, LF, 1B and 3B. You have Chiz, Swish, Santana, Aviles, Rayburn and Giambi to choose from on a daily basis.

    ‘Bout time they DFA Giambi and make him a coach, and then you can manage 5 guys for 4 spots based on matchups, rest and streaks.

    Terry is a decent juggler, we shall see how he handles it.

  9. corrosive23 - Jun 11, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    Uh what about Shawn Green in 2002? He went six-for-six, with 4 home runs, 5 extra base hits, 7 RBI’s and 19 total bases against the Milwaukee Brewers in 2002. I think thats a little better performance.

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