Cleveland Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall defeated the Texas Rangers last night. The surging slugger went 5-for-5, clocked three home runs, and drove in nine.
“I know a day like today is kind of a once-in-a-lifetime thing,” Chisenhall told reporters after the game. “I’m enjoying it as much as I can. I don’t know the history of it, who’s done it in the past.”
The last time a player boasted that stat line–five hits, three homers, nine RBI–or better came in 1975, when Rookie of the Year/MVP Fred Lynn did it for the Boston Red Sox. It’s happened just four times in the last 100 years. In other words, a night like Chisenall enjoyed comes along less frequently than the emergence of a brood of cicadas–but more frequently than Halley’s Comet.
Chisenhall boasts a .385 average and seven homers in 51 games thus far for the 2014 campaign. The 2008 first-round pick batted just .225 in 94 games last season and has struggled in his stints in the majors.
The Rangers dropped their seventh in a row in the 17-7 loss. Cleveland, 9-1 in their last ten games, plays just two games behind the first-place Tigers in the American League Central.